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|A Time For Anger
by James Robison
There is a time for righteous indignation. While we should be most concerned about our own shortcomings, failures and self-centered tendencies, external situations do occur that warrant our indignation -- even our anger.
Consider the despicable and deadly acts perpetrated on innocent people. Suicide bombers, radical militias and other purveyors of terror intend to disrupt the peaceful lifestyles of others and force on them their oppressive beliefs. The recent attempts in London and the successful fire bomb in Scotland should not only make the United Kingdom furious, but it should bring about the focused wrath and resistance of the entire world.
What happened on 9-11 should not only have been a point of fury on the part of the United States, but every nation on earth. It's time to be angry! If ever the world united on a single front, it should be against all terrorists, against all who in any way support it and, as President Bush said in his speech before Congress following the 9-11 attack, "against those who harbor them."
America responded slowly to the aggression of Japan and Nazi Germany. It wasn't until we were attacked at Pearl Harbor that our wrath unfurled. But our response was sure, certain and unified. It was direct and effective because we had every reason to be angry. The course of human history altered in a positive way and to the benefit of all nations. Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, who was responsible for the attack at Pearl Harbor, reportedly lamented, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."
Too many people in the world are brainlessly remaining asleep and passive while the most despicable, heartless forces in human history attack the free world. Although the rhetoric focuses on America and Israel as the primary targets, terrorists' sights are set on all free people.
Many issues ought to stoke the fires of anger. Our own country's failure to enforce immigration laws leads to human trafficking and exploitation. This is not right. Pedophiles and others who prey on our precious, innocent children deserve our fury and punishment. Drug pushers who create addicts and ruin lives merit a resolve to shut them down and heal those they hurt.
Anger can be useful, if directed in the proper way. When we are motivated by love and compassion, there is no tolerance for those who totally, blatantly, openly, unapologetically assault the helpless and the innocent with no regard for the rights of others. Inaction equals indifference. If we truly care for others, we are compelled to stand against the evils that threaten their wellbeing. Death and destruction are on the move. I say that it is time for an angry and united free world to find effective ways to put a stop to it.
Author: James Robison
Word Count: 473
About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, an international humanitarian aid ministry; host of the television program, Life Today; and author of The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope.
Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net