Outrage fatigue ∙
Lawlessness will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. – Matthew 24:12
John 14:1, 27
1 Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.
27 I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
John 16:33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
We live in “The Age of Outrage.” Many thinking, caring people being confronted by national and global events have reached the point of exhaustion, hopelessness, cynicism, and apathy. This has been labeled Outrage Fatigue. They are simply exhausted from being upset. It is almost impossible to find the energy to take it anymore, not to mention deal with it effectively.
It is as though our outrage button has been pushed so many times that it is broken. Our mental and emotional energy has been exhausted. Just when you think it cannot get worse, it does. What was once unthinkable, has become the new normal.
In 2018, Ed Stetzer wrote a book entitled, Christians in the Age of Outrage: How to Bring Our Best When the World Is at Its Worst.
Stetzer writes, “Our world seems awash in anger, division, and hostility. We need to decide how to respond. This is indeed our moment to learn how to live like Christ amid the shouting, anger, and hatred. To be sure, there is a lot in this world that is outrage inducing . . .. And But this is part of the problem. How do we know when righteous anger has made the turn into unbridled outrage? These questions do not have easy answers.
That’s why I wrote this book: to help Christians think through the unique challenges of this age. I’m encouraged because I’ve witnessed so many Christians bringing their best to build the Kingdom of God. The age of outrage cannot-and will not distract us from what is true” (Ed Stetzer).
Sadly, what we see in our fallen world today is nothing new. Good and caring people have been tormented by mankind’s wickedness and decadence for millennia.
2 Peter 2:7-9
7 But God also rescued Lot because he was a righteous man who was distressed of the shameful immorality of the wicked people around him.
8 Yes, Lot was a righteous man who was tormented in his soul by the wickedness he saw and heard day after day.
9 So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment.
REFLECT & PRAY
The Father is greater than all things on earth and in heaven. He is greater than the angry and wicked people of the earth. Nothing and no one is His equal.
Father without question I have struggled with outrage fatigue. You saw these things coming and have provided what is needed for each of Your children to rise above, whatever brings us down.
Some folks in the world seem to have the “happy” gene. Apparently, their DNA has an abundance of “cheer up” written in their genetic code. They bring sunshine with them wherever they go.
The Father God is like that. With the singular exception of the day that the Lord Jesus Christ, His Son died, the Father never has a down day. He never suffers a setback, disappointment, or disillusionment. He is never taken by surprise.
Even the best of us have physical and emotional limitations. Inevitably, human strength gives out. The Father’s capacity and strength have no such limitations. The Father is greater than our circumstances. He promises to share His strength with us when we are discouraged and need it the most.
28 Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
As we grow to spiritual maturity, an amazing internal transformation. We develop the skill of trusting Him and depending upon Him. His unlimited strength flows into us. We can rise above, whatever brings us down.
The events and circumstances that provoke our outrage were known and expected before the foundation of the world. Current events were once prophecies. In the last days, mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts (2 Peter 3:3).
2 Timothy 3:1-5
1 You should know this, in the last days, there will be very difficult times.
2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.
3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good.
4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.
5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
“It’s an angry world right now, and we need a grace-filled and gospel-driven response . . . Ed Stetzer shows us how to walk through the minefields of disagreement in winsome and God-honoring ways” (Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference). Ed Stetzer offers a fact-laden, research-driven analysis of the chaos and rage of our times. Stetzer takes a common-sense approach and offers the children of the King a means of responding in a wise and refreshingly different way.
2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knows how to rescue godly people.
As children of the King want to be circumspect, select our battles wisely, and find strength in His strength.