Is there? and if there is, where is it, and how ought it appear?
There is much that parades as righteous anger that is nothing more than an excuse to perpetrate evil. Do you want a test you can use for righteous anger? Here is a verse from the Bible to consider:
Song of Solomon 8
6 …for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
7 Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot wash it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of his house for love,
it would be utterly scorned.
Isn’t the Song of Solomon a love song? what can that have to do with righteous anger?
Everything, friend. Everything.
The test of whether you are facing an anger of righteousness, an anger that has a mandate to raise up and act, is whether it finds itself rooted in love for another, for one’s fellow man. Not over them, but for them, a love which acts in the best interest of the person.
All human rights activities are, or ought to be, sourced from within a true love for humanity, for it’s well-being and dignity. I believe all God’s righteous anger is from this love, all righteous anger within brave men and women arises from this same love that becomes incensed at the wrong done to the weak, the innocent, the powerless.
So, I say this:
Who is righteous in their anger in this scenario-
Ramzan Kadyrov said the women, whose bodies were found dumped by the roadside, had “loose morals” and were rightfully shot by male relatives in honor killings.
…. Kadyrov’s bluster shows how confident he is of his position. “No one can tell us not to be Muslims,” he said outside the mosque. “If anyone says I cannot be a Muslim, he is my enemy.”
Few dare to challenge Kadyrov’s rule in this southern Russian region of more than a million people, which is only now emerging from the devastation of two wars in the past 15 years. The fighting between Islamic separatists and Russian troops, compounded by atrocities on both sides, claimed tens of thousands of lives and terrorized civilians.
Kadyrov describes women as the property of their husbands and says their main role is to bear children. He encourages men to take more than one wife, even though polygamy is illegal in Russia. Women and girls are now required to wear headscarves in all schools, universities and government offices.
Honor killings… are they at all honorable? Are they at all righteous?
Is defense of one’s religion, or one’s promotion of issues, or anything that raises the fist of oppression against one’s fellow man… in this case women made helpless within their system, is this righteous anger?
Do we slam with the fist? Is this the way righteousness is done?
And now, “Prize-winning Russian human rights activist Natalya Estemirova was on Wednesday found dead in Ingushetia after being abducted earlier in the neighbouring region of Chechnya, news agencies reported.
Her corpse, which showed signs of a violent death, was found at 5:20 pm (1320 GMT) near Ingushetia’s main city Nazran, ITAR-TASS news agency said, citing the regional interior ministry.
The Interfax news agency quoted security sources as saying she had been murdered.
Her organisation, Memorial, had said that Estemirova was kidnapped earlieron Wednesday in the Chechen capital Grozny. ”
Such human rights activists have been protesting honor killings, and other violations of human rights.
In our lives are we asking ourselves,”what would love do?” “What does love look like?”. Exercising our discernment and our hearts and minds in what loving our neighbor really looks like is the only antidote for the rising wave of rage, that under its cloak of righteous protestations is committing such atrocities. Nothing like what is real to unmask the counterfeit.
Does it make you angry to see women oppressed and herded into cultural corners where they are easy targets, beaten, shot, and marred beyond recognition? It makes me angry. and that anger makes me want to have nothing to do with “solutions” that harm others. Whether it is killing a “Tiller” or a “Natalya Estemirova “. It isn’t about them. It is about us. Are we righteous and acting in the best interests of humankind? Our neighbor.
Love is stronger than death, and looks death in the eye. Are we as jealous over women’s conditions and rights in other countries as we are over our own? Jealousy of that sort is more unyielding than the grave.
There are things we ought not yield to.