Ephesians 4:26 “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”
People in Barrouallie don’t see me angry a lot, because it takes a lot to make me angry. But they saw me angry Friday.
And thats okay….
Because it was something worth getting angry over.
Occasionally I bring some balls from America for children in the community to play with. It gives them something constructive to do, and helps build relationships.
Friday afternoon a little boy was happily playing with a ball when a teenager playing soccer nearby decided to take ball from him.
Seeing the little boy in tears because a teenager took his ball is something worth getting angry over
After we got the ball back, he went back to waiting for his soccer game. When he saw me approaching and calling his name, he immediately jumped up and ran a safe distance away.
There was not yelling or vulgar language
But I made very clear to him that taking a ball from a little boy didn’t make him a man. I went as far as to challenge him to take the ball out of my hand if he was man enough (he wasn’t).
Anger should not be a constant characteristic of our lives. But on ocassion, anger explained in calm terms and a controlled spirit is necessary to confront sin.
The reason this boy habitually took balls from little children is nobody did anything about it. A lady shouted at him to give the ball back, but never actually got up to make him do so. She then told me it was my fault because I shouldn’t have brought the balls anyways! Because nobody stood up and called it wrong, he just kept doing it.
The Lord reminded me Friday that I could have given the boy a break (he was a teenager after all!) but sometimes somebody needs to stand up and say “this is wrong.”