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Archive for February 11th, 2020

Quote of the Day

Intro: This coming Sunday’s Gospel Reading (6th Sunday after the Epiphany: see “Read Before You Hear” above) includes these verses: ““You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.” (Matthew 5)  Anger is the steady and deadly grind of our lives and this quote is by Dr. Jeffrey Gibbs, Professor of Exegetical Theology/New Testament at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO:

I am quite convinced that the United States of America in the twenty-first century is a profoundly angry culture, and in contemporary discourse anger (often labeled “outrage”) is almost regarded as a virtue. When someone with whom we agree “goes off on” someone with whose position we disagree, we applaud the anger, the belittling, the demeaning words. One factor that seems clearly (at least to me) to be at work behind the distressing number of shootings and mass murders in our country is the generally angry and violent tone of significant aspects of our culture. As Christians, if I am correct about this, we find ourselves living in an angry culture, and there is a great danger that the culture’s catechesis about anger will affect and infect the church.

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