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Why is God so angry?

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1:18-20

God gets angry when His people are led astray, following false gods and engaging in sin. Don’t you get mad when you read the papers and see children abused or the innocent killed? Why can’t we allow God to have that same emotion against injustice and sin?

God is passionate about us and cares for us. We want him to be sweet and smiley like Mr. Rogers all the time. That’s just not the case. He is engaged in our lives, watching our every move and concerned when we slip away. The alternative to anger is passé. Do we want a God who is ho-hum about His people?

Is God angry ALL the time? Certainly there is a lot of sin in this world and a lot to get angry about, but God is not controlled by His anger, allowing it to take over His perspective. Anger is a powerful emotion that dominates many people’s feeling. God balances His anger with a passionate love, for his anger comes from love and a concern for us.

Our anger is different and should not be confused with God’s anger. Our anger comes from frustration and a lack of control. God firmly controls the world, so there is no need for Him to fly off the handle. It’s not a control issue for Him.

Plus, He has made himself so clear to us, as this verse states, that the primary target for His anger are those forces that deceive His people.