In the clip in the last Hulk Smash post, you may notice something interesting. At first, Thor tries to speak gently to Hulk. “We’re not your enemies, Banner. Try to think.”
Now, although this doesn’t work very well with the Hulk, the Bible tells us that it can work with *cough cough* um, more normal people.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Being gentle, kind, and understanding with those who are angry is one of the best ways to deal with anger. The worst thing you can do is get angry back at them or say something to provoke them. Kindness and love. The anger antidotes. I can’t guarantee that they will always work for everyone, but it’s the best way. If it doesn’t work, hit them with your awesome hammer pray for them. Prayer works.
Jesus was pure. He didn’t sin, and yet, in Mark 11:15-25, Jesus is clearly angry with the people who are defiling God’s temple. This shows us that anger is not a sin, in and of itself. There is such a thing as “righteous anger”.
This is not righteous anger:
In a much later scene, the Hulk does have the good type of anger, when he’s fighting Loki and the Chitauri. Now, like I said before, anger is not a sin. It’s what you do with your anger that makes you sin. We’ll be talking about that in a later post, so, for now, just remember; even Jesus got angry. Anger is not necessarily a sin, as long as you’re angry at the right thing.
This Hulk section of the Superhero Sundays is going to take a while, so I’ve divided it into parts. Because there’s a lot to talk about.
What do you think about when you hear someone say “The Hulk”? Do you think of a calm, quiet Dr. Banner? No, of course not. You probably think of a huge green monster roaring and smashing things. And probably his signature line: “Hulk smash!” As I have not watched any of the Hulk movies, only the Avengers, I think of Hulk in several (funny) scenes from the Avengers. And this is one of my favorite quotes, even though it doesn’t include the Hulk, just his alter-ego. 😉
There were a few other quotes, but I chose this one because it perfectly introduces the topic of this series of posts: anger. Yep. What better way to talk about anger than to use the Hulk as an example? So that’s what this series of Superhero Sunday posts is going to be about. Anger.