It has been said that our favorite exercise is “flying off the handle”, “running off at the mouth”, and “jumping to conclusions”. If that is the case, most of us should be “fit as a fiddle”. It does not require much of a catalyst to fire us up. At the end of the day, have you considered the things that so quickly made you angry (briefly) in the course of a day? Surveys have shown that when asked, people would list some of the greatest moments of frustration or anger occur when:
- Someone is driving much too slow in the left lane.
- The driver that cuts a person off in traffic.
- A person has a large order to fill at a “drive through” window of a fast food restaurant.
- That shopper with a seemingly unlimited number of coupons at the grocery check-out.
- The clerk that cannot count change when the register is not functioning properly.
- Long waiting lines for “anything”.
The news media loves to play on the “irritation levels” of the public. Long gone is the day of simply reporting of the news. The goal now is to start with basic facts of an event. Then, determine how to get a desired reaction from a certain segment of the society through how the story is reported. The report does not have to be “totally factual”. Just having a few facts while reporting lots of opinions is the right mixture to get folks’ blood pressure up into such lofty zones that even “nitro tablets” struggle to restore normalcy. That is a successful news cast!
A freshman at Eagle Rock Junior High won first prize at the greater Idaho Falls Science Fair, April 26, 1997. He was attempting to show how conditioned we have become to alarmist practicing junk science and spreading fear of everything in our environment.
In his project he urged people to sign a petition demanding strict control or total elimination of the chemical “dihydrogen monoxide.” And for plenty of good reasons, since it:
· Can cause excessive sweating and vomiting.
· It is a major component in acid rain.
· It can cause severe burns in its gaseous state.
· Accidental inhalation can kill you.
· It decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes.
· It has been found in tumors of terminal cancer patients.
He asked 50 people if they supported a ban of the chemical. Forty-three said yes, six were undecided, and only one knew that the chemical was H20 (water). The title of his prize winning project was, “How Gullible Are We?” He feels the conclusion is obvious. (copied).
This week as we focus on Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, perhaps we should examine how we do when confronted by some report that is highly irritating to us. Maybe, this would be a good time to consider what is recorded in the book of James 1:19-20….19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.