“When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened. But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. He prayed to the LORD, ‘O LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.’ But the LORD replied, ‘Have you any right to be angry?” Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?’” (Jonah 3:10–4:4, 11, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Do we have “any right to be angry with” the people of the world for their evil conduct? Perhaps they too “cannot tell their right hand from their left.” Perhaps we should be more like our LORD, “gracious and compassionate. Slow to anger and abounding in love,” and pray that God “relents from sending calamity.” Should we not rather “be concerned about” them? For whatever it is they may be guilty of, “that is what some of [us] were…[before we] were washed, [we] were sanctified, [we] were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” ((1 Corinthians 6:10–12, NIV 1984).
My Advice – There is enough anger and condemnation in this world without those of us within the “fold” contributing to it. That is not our calling. We’re to be about making disciples, not making it difficult.