The Presidential 2016 election cycle is said to be that of the “angry voter.” There is truth to this, which has led me to my subject: “Don’t Be Angry.” Father Hurley warned us about the dangers of being angry. The angry voter is said to have propelled Donald Trump’s Republican candidacy. The angry voter is said to have propelled Bernie Sanders’ Democratic candidacy. Some Democrats are angry that Hilary Clinton isn’t tapping into this anger. It has been said in numerous commentaries that President Barack Obama doesn’t get angry enough.
There is plenty to get angry about. The Flint water crisis is one example. The Michigan Republican Governor FAILED. His administration FAILED. Anger is justified but won’t solve the lifelong ill-effects of this tragedy. Liberals contend that the government should be the primary burden bearer to solve social problems. President Obama’s approach is well-balanced: we have to solve our own problems but the government plays a critical role.
Even when the government provides the services we need, if people have the wrong mentality, the benefits aren’t fully realized. Our older daughter attends a full-day pre-kindergarten class in an elementary school. Her teacher assigns weekly age-appropriate homework assignments. Sadly, our daughter is only one of a handful that has turned in every assignment on-time. Next year, about half of the class will advance to kindergarten. Our daughter will be ready. When these other students aren’t ready, whose fault will it be? The teacher? The mayor? The governor? The white man? The bogie man? Then down the line, if some these children grow up to become derelicts, liberal hearts will blame it all on the system.
We need to both hold the government AND ourselves accountable. Please meditate these scriptures. “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” (Proverbs 16:32) “The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.” (Proverbs 19:11) “Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.” (Ecclesiastics 7:9) “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” (James 1:19, 20)
Your obedient servant,
Rev. George H. Latimer-Knight