Guest written by Sew for Christ.
Disclaimer: this is part of a series of commentary on Mario Murillo's book 'Do Not Leave Quietly'. I do not own this work. This is not a reprinting of the material in the book, merely my commentary on the concepts presented. To read the book, you can buy it from bookstores or online from Amazon.
Chapter 1 is titled, 'Yes, I am angry – you better be angry too.' In this chapter, Mario Murillo describes how anger, righteous anger, can start revolutions and revivals.
Psychologists have found that anger can be a good base for change, especially when pioneering causes. Being angry about a topic shows that you care, that you care enough to dedicate significant energy to getting your hackles up. If you've already paid this down payment in energy to getting passionate about a topic, following through and enacting change isn't far behind. You're already invested, it makes more sense to continue and make a substantial difference.
We see that Jesus illustrated righteous anger when He walked with us:
"Then He made a whip of cords and drove them all out of the Temple, both the sheep and oxen. He dumped out the coins of the moneychangers and overturned their tables." (John 2:15 TLV)
Jesus had come to the temple for Passover and found business being conducted inside the temple. Not on the streets outside, not in shops around the temple, but inside the temple itself. This is an insult in making a house of worship into a place of business. Jesus was, understandably, upset. The temple is where the presence of God lives on earth. Being a carrier of the presence of God Himself, Jesus felt most a home near the temple. It was supposed to carry the atmosphere of Heaven. Instead, it was defiled by earthly greed.
Jesus has, at this point, invested a lot of energy into getting upset. He's invested in the issue now. With this boost, he drives out the businessmen using whips, dumps their money onto the ground, and overturns tables. In His anger, He was able to enact change. Notice how the leaders around Him do not stop Him; instead, they ask for confirmation for His words. They didn't have the righteous anger that Jesus had to make a change, even though they likely knew it was wrong.
So get angry. Make sure your anger is righteous anger, as unrighteous anger will cause change as well, just in the opposite direction of God's divine plan. Use your holy anger to stir up the hearts of those around you. Together, take on change and make the world a bit more like Heaven.