A Minute with Mark – Slow to Anger

angerDave Barry has been known for uncovering stories that remind us that truth is often stranger than fiction. In his own words, “You can’t make this stuff up.”

It started with an argument between a guy and his girlfriend in September of last year. When the spat escalated, the young woman jumped on the hood of Jonathan Salas’ Jeep, grabbed the windshield wipers, and would not let go as he pulled away. At first, they are screaming at each other. Then she breaks off one of the wipers and began to beat the windshield with it.

Salas drives onto I-85, slowly accelerating until he reaches 70 mph. Motorists watching this bizarre scenario call 911 to alert police. One guy snaps a photo with his phone as the woman clings to the hood. Cars begin to pace alongside trying to decide what to do.

Finally four cars box in the Jeep and force it to stop, preventing what could have been a tragic outcome. The police show up and arrest Salas. One eyewitness, Adam Marlatt, was quoted: “It was like watching an episode of ‘Cops’ right out your windshield. It was the craziest thing I’ve seen.”

The case went to court recently. The young woman didn’t want to press charges because “he’s really a nice guy.” Wait. What?

There are a number of ways to settle disagreements. The choice these two made did not make the top ten list of acceptable options. Whenever we give way to anger, we are asking for trouble.

James wrote: “Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Your anger can never make things right in God’s sight” (James 1:19, 20).

We all get angry. It’s what we do with our anger that matters. We have heard the saying “I’m so mad I can’t think straight.” That is not just a cliché – we really cannot think straight when we’re angry – it’s a biological fact.

Saying and doing the wrong thing when our emotions get out of control can cause so much damage. Regret is no fun to live with, right? Thank You, Lord, for grace and mercy. Help us love as You love us; help us forgive as we have been forgiven.


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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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