“And as soon as he came near the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses’ anger burned hot, and he threw the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain.” Exodus 32:19 (ESV)
It’s important to note that Moses knew ahead of time what was happening with the Israelites at the base of the mountain because the Lord had told him.
In spite of that foreknowledge, when Moses actually saw the golden calf and the people celebrating, he couldn’t contain his anger. Moses was so passionate regarding righteousness and the people of Israel, that when he actually saw their sin, he threw down and broke the stone tablets carved by God.
Even Jesus displayed anger at the unrighteousness of God’s people in the episode of the cleansing of the Temple.
It’s OK for us to occasionally experience a righteous anger at the evil that is so prevalent in our world. In fact, we should worry if we don’t periodically experience anger at unrighteousness. Failure to ever be angry means either that we don’t see the evil that is so prevalent around us, or that we have become complacent and accepting of that evil.
We live in a world of increasing darkness. The increasing sexualization of our media is having all sorts of adverse effects. The use of pornography is rampant, not to mention the fact that one out of 4 girls is sexually abused by the time she becomes an adult. This abuse and sexualization feeds the phenomenon of sex trafficking here in the U.S.
We don’t have to look very far to see evidence of evil in our world.
As medical students, residents and physicians, we have the privilege of attaining a position of trust and respect in our society. We can bury our heads and ignore what is happening around us, or we can seek the Lord’s guidance on how He wants us to be salt and light in the world. The righteous anger we should feel can serve as the fuel that motivates our actions.
Allow the indwelling Holy Spirit to show you the evil He wants you to address…and don’t be afraid to let righteous anger move you to action.
Prayer: Lord show me where you want me to be salt and light in this world of increasing darkness.