The Bible says that anger itself isn't necessarily a bad thing. "In your anger, do not sin." (Ephesians 4:26) Anger can be beneficial when used correctly. For example, Marin Luther King Jr. used his anger for injustice to fight for equality and peace. Unfortunately, when I'm angry instead of being productive, I end up doing a Christian Bale number.
In my anger, I do nothing but sin.
I like to think that this problem can easily solved. If everyone stopped being so doggone annoying, we wouldn't have this problem! But everyday there's always some one that will do something stupid and put me in a bad mood for the rest of the day. The sad part is it's usually the least of these that get on my nerves. I don't know about you, but it's hard for me to see Jesus in the eyes of a crackhead who doesn't know how to keep quiet in a library.
Anne Lamott once said, "You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out God hates all the same people you do." Sadly, I do the same thing. I wish God would hate everyone I can't stand. I want a God that makes Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God look like an episode of "Sesame Street."
But, no, God wants me to love my enemies. I know it doesn't mean I have to have warm fuzzy feelings for everyone, but at least enough compassion to recognize everyone as human beings. And I know that love requires action, not just words or feelings. But how can I show love to my neighbor when I want him to plant his two lips directly onto my buttocks?
What do you think? Is there a way to show God's love to my annoying neighbors? Or am I just too angry to be a Christian?