I watched the GOP debate last week and I’m sorry I did. Donald Trump… That’s all I’m going to say. Just Donald Trump and no, I’m going to link to his web site.
The debate was bad enough but the polls afterward were downright depressing. I thought Mr. Trump, ever the opportunist, was using that forum to incite fear and anger but I don’t think that’s so. I think he is just exploiting the fear and anger that’s already out there.
Let me tell you what I think of fear and anger. As a Christian I can’t afford fear and anger. The Bible has some stuff to say about fear and anger. The Bible says in numerous places that we are not to be afraid. 2 Timothy 1:7 say that God has not given us the spirit of fear.
The Bible also has a lot to say about anger. Take James for instance. You remember James. ‘Faith without works is dead.’ Right or wrong I get this picture of James sitting at a table writing away with a stern look on his face. Yet it’s James who says ‘The wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God’ (James 1:20).
Remember the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). I am convinced that fear and anger spoils the fruit of the spirit in our lives. You know what spoiled fruit is like. It looks bad. It smells bad. It hastes bad. And nobody wants it.