Regrettable Rage

I read this piece of news with shame and guilt.

A Church Pastor while driving was so incensed by another driver who accidental honked him.

It made the Pastor so mad that he caught up with the other driver and made him stopped his van.

Swept by rage, the Pastor called the driver by some Hokkien vulgarities, challenged him to a fight and slammed the door of the van on him. That led to physical injuries, a police report and a court case.

When I read this I was filled with guilt and shame for I too had given to road rage except that I wasn’t caught and brought to court.

If you have witnessed those moments of my regrettable rage, you might think I have grown horns of fury, my hand raised offensively like a devil’s fork, my eyes glaring with fiery darts and my tongue sharp with cutting accusations. In that rush of anger I couldn’t care less if I am not practicing what I preach.

Rage has brought up the worst in me. I think I looked more an enraged Hulk than a Church Pastor.

That’s when I knew deep within I have fallen short of the scriptural qualification of a church leader

Therefore an overseer must be above reproach … self-controlled, respectable … not violent but gentle. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil” (I Timothy 3:2-7)

Today I am being sanctified by the truth of God’s Word.

Psalm 14:17 “A quick-tempered person does foolish things.”

Psalm 37:8 “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret – it leads only to evil.”

Proverbs 27:4 “Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming.”

Ecclesiastes 7:9 “Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.”

To avoid getting into regrettable rage again, I plan to count to ten, take a deep breath, think about those verses and pray the Lord’s Prayer.

If have better strategies, please let me know.

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