Angry at God’s Compassion

September 12, 2011 § 1 Comment

Religious self-righteousness easily turn into anger.  It usually happens when other people who are judged by religious standards of perfection apparently do not get what they deserve.  Jonah is one of the best examples of someone who got angry at God’s ability to be compassionate (Jonah 4).  Jonah brought to Nineveh a message of destruction because of their wickedness (1:1; 3:4).  But before the destruction could happen, things changed.  They began to turn from their evil ways and God decided to show compassion (3:10).  Jonah’s reaction has a tone of disappointment:  “I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a G0d who relents from sending calamity” (4:2).  What we got from the rest of the Book of Jonah, is an angry Jonah because of God’s compassion to others.  Underlying a lot of anger in the hearts of people is the difficulty to cope with life’s apparent unfairness.  People are angry because things do not always work out the way they think they deserve them to work out.  Bad things continue to happen to good people, and good things happen all the time to bad people.  Can we look at others today through the eyes of a compassionate God whose last words in the Book of Jonah is, “Should I not be concerned about that great city?”

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