Is it Wrong to Get Angry with God?

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Interview with Dr. Billy Graham

Q: Is it wrong to get angry at God?

I’ve beten through some very hard times recently and I feel like God has let me down. I’d like to get past this, I guess, but right now I can’t help feeling angry at God.

A: The real question is this: Will God get angry at you if you get angry at Him, and refuse to have anything more to do with you?

The answer is “No”! Even when we’re angry at Him, He still loves us and yearns for us to turn to Him for the comfort and encouragement we need. And that’s what I pray you will do.

jonah-sulkingDo you remember the prophet Jonah in the Old Testament? Some have called him “the reluctant prophet,” because he tried to flee when God called him to preach to his enemies. Later (after God sent a large fish to stop his flight), he reluctantly obeyed God and preached to his enemies. To his surprise they repented and turned to God.

He should have rejoiced – but instead “Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry” (Jonah 4:1). Gently God explained to him that He loved even Jonah’s enemies – and so should Jonah. What is the point? Simply this: Jonah was angry at God – but God didn’t reject him. Instead, Jonah needed to learn to trust God, even if he didn’t like what was going on.

Perhaps this is one of the lessons God wants to teach you. Life doesn’t always go the way we want it to. But God still loves us; He loves us so much that He sent His only Son into the world to die for us. Put your life into Christ’s hands, and then ask God to help you begin to trust Him, no matter what happens to you.

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 Affectionately known as the “World’s Preacher” for more than 60 years, the Rev. Billy Graham is one of the most influential and respected spiritual leaders of the 20th century. He has been a friend and spiritual advisor to ten American presidents and has preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history — nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories — through various meetings. Hundreds of millions more have been reached through television, video, film, and webcasts.

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Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit the Web site for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association:  http://www.billygraham.org.

Who Am I? by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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From the Journal of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian. He was also a participant in the German Resistance movement against Nazism, a founding member of the Confessing Church. His involvement in plans by members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office) to assassinate Adolf Hitler resulted in his arrest in April 1943 and his subsequent execution by hanging in April 1945, shortly before the war’s end.

Protestant theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer stands out among the Christian leaders during the Nazi era, for he was one of the few to actively resist the racist actions of the Nazi regime. In addition to his legacy of courageous opposition to Nazism, Bonhoeffer’s theological writings are still widely read in Christian communities throughout the world. “At the place of execution, he again said a short prayer and then climbed the steps to the gallows, brave and composed. His death ensued after a few seconds. In almost fifty years that I worked as a doctor, I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God.” Source: Prison doctor witness to Bonhoeffer’s death  

From His Writings–

Who am I? They often tell me

I stepped from my cell’s confinement

Calmly, cheerfully, firmly,

Like a squire from his country-house.

Who am I? They often tell me

I used to speak to my warders

Freely and friendly and clearly,

As though it were mine to command.

Who am I? They also tell me

I bore the days of misfortune

Equally, smilingly, proudly,

Like one accustomed to win.

Am I then really all that which other men tell of?

Or am I only what I myself know of myself?

Restless and longing and sick, like a bird in a cage,

Struggling for breath, as though hands were

compressing my throat,

Yearning for colors, for flowers, for the voices of birds,

Thirsting for words of kindness, for neighborliness,

Tossing in expectation of great events,

Powerlessly trembling for friends at an infinite distance,

Weary and empty at praying, at thinking, at making,

Faint, and ready to say farewell to it all?

Who am I? This or the other?

Am I one person today and tomorrow another?

Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others,

And before myself a contemptibly woebegone weakling?

Or is something within me still like a beaten army,

Fleeing in disorder from victory already achieved?

Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine.

Whoever I am, Thou knowest, O God, I am Thine!

–July 18, 1944

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A Question About Discernment and Discipline

Question: 

“What if the “desire to excel” isn’t the motivation in allowing sinners into the church? We invite our unsaved friends (worldlings) to church and hope they repent. Sometimes that takes a long time! Is this intervening or being missional? I understand your point that Believers aren’t to live in continual sin but am foggy about what we do with the sin saturated culture around us. Do we draw away or let them draw near?”

My Response:

“Great question/comment.  Jesus made it clear, with the salt & light analogy that we will be distinctive and visible. We need to learn to accentuate and use that distinctiveness, with talent and forethought. All available effort should be used.

The issue of believers in habitual, continual sin should be approached as ‘church discipline’. This falls on people who we call pastors and elders. 1 Cor. 5 gives this oversight a template to follow. It is a sticky thing to judge someone. When we have to, we don’t want to. (Unless the person is a ‘control freak’.)

The issue of sin in the church is interesting. To have water outside a boat is a good thing, but to have water in the boat is decidedly worse. We are to preserve our distinctiveness, without diminishing our witness. It’s like we are a flock of lambs living in a pigpen. By their very nature the are different. One has a sheep nature, the other a pig’s. There will be at times confusion. But the sheep don’t belong.

To sum it up, there is church discipline for believers, that really needs to be in place. But we are missional people. The world is very much like a pigpen. But I say, let them come in and let the Holy Spirit touch them.”

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This was a recent post and follow-up comment for “Through the Sheep Dip”, posted on September 28, 2010.  The link is located at:  https://brokenbelievers.com/2010/09/28/through-the-sheep-dip/

Sunday Funnies: More of the Mysterious

  1. Why does the last piece of ice always stick to the bottom of the cup?
  2. Who was the first person to say, “See that chicken over there … I’m gonna eat the first thing that comes out if its butt”?
  3. Why do we wash behind our ears? Who really looks there?
  4. Why don’t the hairs on your arms get split ends?
  5. Why is it illegal to park in a handicapped parking space but its ok to use a handicapped toilet?
  6. Wouldn’t it be smart to make the sticky stuff on envelopes taste like chocolate?
  7. “Have you ever noticed that if you rearranged the letters in mother in law, they come out to Woman Hitler?”
  8. Isn’t it funny how the word ‘politics’ is made up of the words ‘poli’ meaning ‘many’ in Latin, and ‘tics’ as in ‘bloodsucking creatures’?
  9. Why is toilet bowl cleaning liquid only blue?
  10. Why is it when we talk to God we are praying, but when God talks to us we are put into the loony bin?
  11. Why is vanilla ice cream white when vanilla extract is brown?
  12. Why can’t you get a tan on your palms?
  13. Why do all superheroes wear spandex?
  14. If a missing person sees their picture on a milk carton that offers a reward, would they get the money?
  15. If I had my legs amputated, would I have to change my height and weight on my driver’s license?
  16. How come you pay an extra 25 cents to get something put on your hamburger but they don’t take off the price if you get something taken off?
  17. If our body temperature is normally 98.6 degrees, how come when it’s 98 degrees outside, no one is comfortable?
  18. If you don’t pay your exorcist, do you get repossessed?
  19. How come only car keys are the only keys with teeth on both sides?
  20. Since bread is square, then why is sandwich meat round?
  21. If you die and you have a broken leg do they take the cast off?
  22. Is sign language the same in languages other than English?
  23. If all of the Acme stuff doesn’t work, why does Wile Coyote keep buying their products?
  24. Since there is a rule that states “i” before “e” except after “c”, wouldn’t “science” be spelled wrong?
  25. If the S.W.A.T team comes to your house and breaks down your door, do they replace it later?
  26. What do vegetarians feed their dogs?
  27. When you see the weather report and it says “partly cloudy” and then the next day it says “partly sunny”; what’s the difference?
  28. Why is the St. Louis baseball team the cardinals, but the Missouri state bird is the blue bird?
  29. Why are public toilet seats never complete ovals?
  30. Why is it when we ask for the check in a restaurant they bring us a bill?
  31. How come wine and hard liquor doesn’t come in cans, but beer does?
  32. When lightning strikes the ocean why don’t all the fish die?
  33. If two identical twin brothers married identical twin sisters, would there kids be identical?
  34. Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?
  35. Don’t you find it worrying that doctors call treating you their “practice” ?
  36. Why do people never say “it’s only a game” when they’re winning?
  37. What was the best thing before sliced bread?
  38. Why do birds have white poop?
  39. Can good looking Eskimo girls be called hot?
  40. Can blind people see their dreams?
  41. If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil made from?
  42. If you have a friend who works for the Psychic Friends Network, should you plan a surprise birthday party for them?