Fierce People

People have been saying it to me for years, “Are you mad? You look mad or upset about something.” Almost always I say, “No, I’m not mad, I just look this way.” But the truth is those who bear the burdens of care for others are often weighed down by that care. We don’t hate the burden. It is the price of love. You can not love your family and be blasé about circumstances that threaten it. You can not love your country and sit passively while it’s leaders enact policies that will harm it. You can not love the church and ignore the actions of ‘christians’ who betray the Lord who gave his life for it. You can not love God and wink at the things that are an offense to him.

My therapist friend would say this is my ‘black and white’ thinking. It creates problems for me. But the truth is that some things are black and white. Some things are wrong. Some things are bad. Strong feelings about negative things lead to an attitude and countenance that is stern or fierce. We do not look fierce out of deep anger, although anger sometimes is on the surface. The intense look and fierce demeanor are an expression of concern based on love.

I love with great passion; my family, the church, the Word, God the Father, Jesus the Son, God’s Spirit the Comforter, America, the Constitution, sports, classic Rock, Missouri, Mexican food and Mom’s banana pudding (and alliteration sometimes.)

When any of these things is maligned, compromised, betrayed, wrongly criticized, endangered or needlessly harmed, I am concerned and sometimes angry. Not because I hate, but because I love. It’s no fun to be frustrated. In the words of many moms I’ve heard, “Why do I care so much?” It’s because we love. Are there people who love just as passionately as the fierce people and yet have a joyful countenance and happy demeanor? Yes there are. So how do we become ‘happily concerned’ without looking fierce?

I don’t know.

It should be noted; not all fierce people are that way because they love. It’s not alright to beat your kids or your wife (or husband) and claim love is the motivation. We should not seek to justify bad behavior by saying that love is the motivation. I want to be known as a happy and loving person. I’m trying to do better. I fail at it a lot. But I wont accept the tag of being a hater or a horses a** because of stands I take or even fierce comments. I may say the wrong thing, but my motivation and concerns are noble at the core. Those of us who are sometimes misunderstood appreciate the people who believe in us even when we are fierce or not living in one of our better moments with the face of a cherub.

telemicus out

3 Responses to Fierce People

  1. Ron Heron says:

    I can relate to this! I was told once by a “therapist friend”, that I remind her of the statue “The Thinker”. The look on my face was so intense, I looked mad…

    After reading this, I might have a smile, (or grin) on my face when someone is telling me something I don’t care to hear, or feel I need time to think about it. It won’t be easy.

    Have a great day,
    Man with Cherub Face

  2. cindy smith says:

    hmm… I don’t know about this. Sounds like a large rationalization for carrying some anger. but I’ll say this, there is a bit of that in our dna. But we must resist the urge to appear angry. it is not a good testimony to a faith that claims God is in control and we trust him. I believe the world is watching and we must represent life with him better than we now do. but that’s just me.
    Years ago I was trying to convince someone that life with Christ was better than the life they were choosing. They said, “why? so I can be happy like you? no thanks.” That stung… but it was true. Changed my view a bit.

  3. Michael Taylor says:

    Ah but you see Cindy… some anger is good. No it is. Read the life of God’s men and you will see that there were times when anger is present and justified. When anger is just – there is no need for rationalizing. But there is a contingency that wants to remove fierceness from God’s character and thus all of his followers.

    Does this mean that all anger is ok? Of course not. Does it get out of hand at times? Yes it does. Are there people who cant control it? Sure. This does not mean that we should ‘resist the urge to appear angry.’ Sometimes we should appear angry. Take a look at Mark 3 and tell me why Jesus ‘appears angry.’ They would rather see a person suffer for the sake of their ‘religion’ than see him well for God’s glory. And it angered Jesus.

    Dont tell me that we should not appear angry. While people try to ‘be reasonable,’ evil flourishes. And while you are not into the political world in the same way that I am… I’m praying that the day wont come that people look around and try to figure out how they lost their freedoms. They’ll be angry then and it’ll be too late to fix it.

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