A news article recently about the grievances of prisoners, and some of the things they’re suing the system for. They are being served chunky peanut butter instead of smooth. Mail deliveries are sometimes scheduled while they’re napping. And they’re being forced to listen to country music. Over 39,000 lawsuits last year were filed from behind bars complaining about cruel and unusual punishment.
Everybody’s angry about something. Some social commentators are referring to today’s era as the Age of Rage. Quite possibly this is the most prevalent of the seven deadly sins.
Dr. Les Carter writes in Good and Angry, “Because of the sophistication of our language, people are able to use all kinds of words to describe anger so that it doesn’t sound like anger. People aren’t afraid to say that they’re anxious or bored or depressed or frustrated. They will say that they are anything but angry.”
Ephesians 4:26-32, “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”