Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Doin' the DO: Righteous Indignation

I am filled with a burning rage,
because of the wicked who forsake your law -- Psalm 119

This struck me the wrong way this morning, perhaps after reading that article a few days ago about righteous indignation as a self-reinforcing addictive behavior.

I think maybe the world needs fewer people whipping themselves into a "burning rage" over the behavior of other people and more people who can become constructively and proactively indignant over their own unloving, unjust behaviors. I wish that were me. I don't wish I were the Psalmist going all Taliban over other people's perceived wrongdoing.

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