Sermon: (October 25, 2015) “Good & Mad”
Date: October 25, 2015
Speaker: Steve Elliott
Text: Nehemiah 5
It is anger and she moves in with all her children: bitterness, resentment and the hunger for vengeance.
The people who are most vulnerable in Nehemiah 5 are being exploited by those who ought to be most supportive and helpful.
It is one thing to be united in an objective but to be divided in affection can only undermine morale and short circuit the work on the wall.
“The religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world”.
– James 1:27
We cannot let the line blur between having Jesus as our life and Jesus as our livelihood.
Nehemiah is angry on the right grounds.
“In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice.”
Dr. A.W. Tozer (1897-1963)
It is not vengeance that is heroic. Vengeance is only an act of self justified violence. It is love and forgiveness that is truly heroic.
The person who cannot feel anger at evil is a person who lacks enthusiasm for good. If you cannot hate wrong, it’s very questionable whether you really love righteousness.
– Dr. David Seamands (1922-2006)
When vengeance is the agenda you lose all sense of moral proportion.
The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton left at the feast is you.