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If ‘GOD IS NOT ANGRY,’ why is the billboard in all caps?

Florida is hot. Walking out onto a blacktop on a sunny July day in Florida might as well be walking onto a giant asphalt griddle. The Florida heat sometimes reminds me that the Bible’s depiction of fire in hell symbolizes a reality that must be far, far worse. Occasionally when I am cooking, my arm strays near the stovetop and I feel the surge of heat get too close for comfort — and I am in that moment reminded of what I have been spared by God’s hand alone. Just that brief encounter with extreme heat makes me want to rid myself of any remote smudge of impurity that would put my soul at risk of everlasting hellfire.

Of course, I am in the grip of Alm10378069_10153123991073115_8760147599694892082_nighty God, and as one who has put his faith in Christ alone, I have no reason to fear God’s wrath. I have confidence in His ability and His promise to sustain me. I am suspended over a lake of fire, held only by His righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10), but nonetheless should have a healthy respect for the power of unatoned sin, and its consequence of eternal damnation and torment. It’s through the knowledge of where His redeemed people came from that God reminds us of where we’re going. We may find God’s wrath and justice to be a distasteful aspect of preaching, but until we are inclined to these aspects of God’s holy character, we will not be able to appreciate the grace that saves us.

“And let every one that is yet out of Christ, and hanging over the pit of hell, whether they be old men and women, or middle aged, or young people, or little children, now hearken to the loud calls of God’s word and providence,” Edwards closed his classic sermon. “Therefore, let every one that is out of Christ, now awake and fly from the wrath to come. The wrath of Almighty God is now undoubtedly hanging over a great part of this congregation. Let every one fly out of Sodom: ‘Haste and escape for your lives, look not behind you, escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed.'”

I get that the people who put up this billboard probably want to emphasize God’s grace in a hurting world with many injustices and evils, and send a message to those who view tragedies as God’s punishment. But again, to strip God of His anger is actually counterproductive to their point. As a general observation, people tend to write in all capital letters when they are miffed, losing patience or angry, as if that will make their point more clear or convicting to the reader. But God didn’t need capital letters to make His point — in fact, He made the reality of His wrath palpable in Scripture without even using vowels. If God no longer has any reason to be angry, then we as subservient creatures certainly have no right to ever be angry.

One thought on “If ‘GOD IS NOT ANGRY,’ why is the billboard in all caps?

  1. RJP

    iJimmy wrote this letter to Grace Orlando tonight before reading your post, which I enjoyed. Thanks be to God for given me wisdom, discernment and a heart for exhortation since coming to Christ 13 years ago.

    Just wondering if it’s your billboard that is there at the entrance to I4 from the Longwood exit?
    > finally getting around to commenting on that.
    > it sounds like you’re wanting to extend your arms out in love to the community and I don’t have a problem with that I don’t have a problem with your billboard either everybody has the right to free speech right? And in fact I’m an evangelical Christian. But if you’re a man of God shepherding his flock, it is important to represent God for who he is.
    > I’m just wondering where you get the notion that God is not angry.? Do you think he is not angry and it does not grieve his heart to see a nation deny him or turn away from him or murder unborn babies or partake in homosexuality and gay marriage? All of these abominations to the Lord are just a few.of the many things that would make him angry.
    > now I would agree that God is first and foremost in his character a loving God. but I would not go as far as saying he is not angry. that statement gives me the impression of someone that wants to smooth over our sin nature and the crimes we are committing against one another and the Lord to make people  “feel good”. God is capable now of being angry just as he was throughout history as told in His Word. We know of his anger and his wrath but in every and all circumstances he also restores His people to Himself. 
    > Why would you say that God Is Not Angry? I’d like to hear your take on this. 
    > Sincerely, 
    > R Pippin

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