But the LORD replied, “Have you any right to be angry?” (Jonah 4:4, NIV 1984).
My Musings – You know this story. God had sent Jonah to preach destruction on an evil kingdom. Yet when they repented, God was “gracious and compassionate,” and “relent[ed] from sending calamity.” This angered Jonah, who preferred calamity over compassion.
I see a lot of anger in the Christian community towards the current generation. A generation that has largely dismissed God in general, and Christ in particular. But “have [we] any right to be angry?” When it comes to matters of faith, many of these same people “cannot tell their right hand from their left. Should [we] not be concerned about [their eternal destiny]?” (Jonah 4:11, NIV 1984).
My Advice – Is anger what we have to offer? How about pity? After all, were we not they at some point in time? But because of God’s great compassion we no longer face the calamity that they do. Let’s be concerned. Let’s be the salt and light that Christ commanded us to be.