Should Christians be Outraged?

The offended and victimized crave justice.  And they should because God loves justice. And to desire it should be a natural human response. For example, when a child suffers at the hands of an oppressor, our first instinct is not to forgive that person but to make them pay. A current illustration of this is the Penn State football coach who sexually abused young boys for years, with seeming immunity. People are outraged and disturbed that saving a sport became more important than protecting innocent children.

Shouldn’t Christians practice forgiveness, even in a case such as this, when a monster on the loose ravages the innocent? No, outrage, not forgiveness is the godly response. Not that we want to take the law into our own hands but that we do want to see that the law works on behalf of the innocent.

Society’s outrage indicates that we do value children, that we have compassion for the bullied and the weak. Only a sick society wouldn’t show outrage.

Jesus himself is ourtraged by the actions of predators. It’s evident in these ominous words directed at oppressors of children:  ” . . . it would be better for that person to have a large millstone hung around his neck and be drowned at the bottom of the sea. ” (Matt. 18:6)That’s tough language.

In the rush to forgive we must never forget justice.


About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at:
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3 Responses to Should Christians be Outraged?

  1. Yes, we must always balance mercy with justice . . . but at the same time, it’s more appropriate for Christians to take a stand with the victimized. God’s heart is with the oppressed . . .

    • Joan says:

      Yes, of course. The appropriate reaction to sharing God’s moral outrage is indeed to take a stand with the victimized. So, not to stew in our outrage or build walls but to use it to make a difference in people’s lives. I know that’s a lot easier to say than to do. I think the Lord aches to have His people take a real stand for the victimized, the poor, the brokenhearted, etc.

  2. Joan says:

    We should be outraged, of course. But we should also remember that even the vilest sinner will be forgiven if he or she truly repents. We should also not carry around a constant attitude of judgment, rage, and unforgiveness. Jesus will have the last say. And even though He felt, and feels, outrage at cruelty, injustice, and hypocrisy, He lived in such a state of spiritual harmony, purity, and strength that even the very worst sort of people were drawn to Him and brought themselves to His feet in repentance.

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