This may be an odd little comic strip today. (After all, it does have the word “pee” in it. Hopefully that won’t offend anyone.)
It started out just as a goofy little kid thing while I was thinking about growing up and not being able to quite understand the world. As a child, there were a lot of dualistic things that didn’t make sense to me, like “boys and girls.”
Think about it. You’re born and just about as soon as you realize it, there isn’t just one world. There are really two worlds, just sort of tentatively getting along: the world of boys and the world of girls. You don’t get a say in it. You just are in one of those worlds. Even though you can see the other world, you just can’t figure it out!
It’s like the biggest mystery ever. Until you find out that it really all has to do with how you go to the bathroom. (That works for a while anyway, at least long enough to get back to your toys and favorite television shows!) Being about the bathroom at least makes the mystery somehow manageable.
But this isn’t about going to the bathroom. It’s about anger. Come to find out there’s not just one world of anger. There are really two worlds, also not getting along at all: the world of righteous anger and the world of unrighteousness anger.
I think maybe children only see “anger.” They aren’t able to analyze and differentiate the way adults can between the two.
Righteous anger is based on actual sin, actual evil. Righteous anger isn’t about preferences or inconveniences. It’s about rights and freedoms being trampled upon.
The Gospel of Mark shows an image of Jesus experiencing righteous anger. In this situation it was because religious leaders didn’t want Him to heal on the Sabbath.
After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored. Mark 3:5 (NASB)
It is powerful to me how Jesus expressed His righteous anger by healing, not hurting. This is what I want to do.