By Brant Hansen
Brant Hansen says that we have no right to be angry. It’s not our job to “set people straight” or “take a stand.”
“God ‘needs’ nothing. Quit trying to parent the whole world. Quit offering advice when exactly zero people asked for it. Quit being shocked when people don’t share your morality….Quit thinking you need to ‘discern’ what others’ motives are….It’s all so exhausting.”
There’s no such thing, he writes, as “righteous anger.” Our anger isn’t righteous. To think that our anger is righteous is to assume that our beliefs and motives are always right, and the other person’s are wrong.
“If this is, in fact, what we’re supposed to do—experience ‘righteous anger’ whenever we’re made aware of one of God’s commands being broken—we’ll be precisely what the world doesn’t need and largely believes we already are: a bunch of uptight, seething hypocrites.”
Hansen is clear that he’s not saying we should ignore injustice. But we should act against injustice, not get angry about it. And we should act out of love, not anger.
“What the world needs, I think you’ll agree, is not a group of people patting themselves on the back for being angry. We need people who actually act to set things right.”
Here’s the great thing, according to Hansen. Choosing to not be offended will make our life better. Giving up our perceived right to anger will make us happier and healthier. And will probably make people take us more seriously. No one wants to be around an angry, judgmental person.
Hansen’s writing style is clear and simple. His book is expertly written. His logic is perfect. He’s funny. He’s not preachy or judgmental, even toward the judgmental. His book is excellent. And, I think, this sums it up:
“Love people where they are, and love them boldly. And if you really want to go crazy, like them too.”
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.