We don’t usually think of Jesus being angry. After all, God is love … right? Jesus is God, so what gives? I can think of two responses. First, Jesus was fully human and humans are prone to the whole gamut of emotions, including anger. Second, sometimes anger is the only way to “shock the system” of someone who is walking down a sinful path. Jesus certainly understood that, as evidenced by his rant against the hypocrisy of the religious leaders of his day.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You pay tithes of mint and dill and cumin,
and have neglected the weightier things of the law:
judgment and mercy and fidelity.
But these you should have done, without neglecting the others.
Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!
So what role should anger play in the life of a follower of Jesus? Certainly not as a means to hurt or humiliate one another. Instead, like Jesus, our anger should be directed against hypocrisy, cruelty and injustice.