A Prophet To Manifest God's Anger

We see many instances of the prophets manifesting God's anger against His people. It is their task to call on the people to return to God when they have fallen away, to do justice in their dealings with others especially the poor, to follow the ways of God more closely. In doing these, we can imagine the prophets not just speaking simply, or cajoling casually, or asking gently. Many times they would be thundering at the people. God is angry, and so are they!

And rightly so. Because a people called by God is a privileged people. What greater privilege could there be than for God Himself to say, I will be your God and you will be my people? But if God is involved intimately in the life of a people, then the people have to respond. To become a holy people. To become a people that God can use for His purposes. If not, they are missing out on the great privilege extended to them. And they are endangering their special status, and perhaps even the very salvation of their souls. Is it any wonder then that the prophets sent by God to set them right are passionate in their task, and manifest God's anger?!

We have a covenant with God.

We have been accorded a very special privilege in God's calling us to Himself, and in His sending us off on mission. God has blessed us in all of these years. And now in this third millennium, we are poised to do even greater things for His glory.

But how is our response, especially for the elders who are tasked with leading the community? Even among the elders, many fall short. There is lack of faithfulness to its life and activities, less than all-out commitment to the mission, apathy at times, lack of submission to authority bordering on rebellion, even serious sexual sin. To such, we need to speak and act as angry prophets. There ought to be righteous indignation at such responses from such leaders.

Such prophetic anger is the loving thing to do in such circumstances. Not to speak strongly is to fail in righting wrong, in getting leaders to appreciate what God wants to do in and through them, in preventing our brethren from continuing on the path leading to ruin and destruction, in protecting the life and mission of our community, in doing the good that God wants us to do for others. While we of course should speak and correct lovingly and thus most of the time cajole, encourage, entreat, guide, there will be certain situations where no less than prophetic anger will be appropriate and necessary.

In this third millennium, God calls us to even greater work. We are to be instruments of the Holy Spirit in renewing the very face of the earth. We are to be involved in the most important aspects of life in the world, such as our work with the poor, with the youth, and in socio-political renewal. Since God works through people, this work can only proceed well if we are united in heart and mind, if we truly see the vision, if we are committed to the mission, if we are submitted and obedient to God through our leaders, if we are willing to give of ourselves. In all these, God uses our leaders to guide and pastor us. If our leaders are remiss, then the whole body and its mission are adversely affected.

And if such is the case, some souls may not be saved, the poor may continue to suffer injustice, corruption and oppression may not be as effectively fought. Would such not be a cause of grief for us? How much more for God?

And so if our leaders, especially our elders, are remiss, then we need to see if God is calling us to become prophets who will call on our brethren to get back on track. And as you realize the great call to mission given us, be ready to also act as a prophet who is called to manifest God's anger

It is God's way.

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