Here is the video of Erwin McManus talking about fractals and anger. Fast forward to 1:01:00 and run it through 1:11:50…
Some of these weaknesses we have, the Goliaths in our life … they are keeping us from the life that is truly life. It is time for these giants to go down … for good.
We all want to be united with Christ in a resurrection but none of us wants to be united with Him in a crucifixion. We spend our lives trying to avoid death not realizing we’re swimming in death.
A fractal is a replicating pattern that changes its scale as it replicates. Sin is that replicating pattern that destroys your future, destroys your hope, destroys your relationships and destroys your soul. You have self-replicating patterns in your life – these giants we’ve been talking about.
Maybe there is a point where you stop picking sin and it just picks you. It becomes a self-replicating pattern that you don’t own but rather, it owns you. Oftentimes, everyone around us sees it – “why do you keep going back to the same self-destructive pattern?” It’s no longer a choice. You’ve lost the power to choose. The pattern has become you – it eats away at your soul.
Anger is like this. It starts small. Left unchecked, it takes on a life of its own. You rage at your wife. The little things with your kids, ignites a storm of anger in you. You’re that dad at the little league baseball game getting escorted out of the park. Sooner or later, you wake up and notice your kid punching the wall in his rage and you’re left wondering, “Where did that come from?”
Sometimes it’s not even fractals we choose. It’s a sin passed onto you by someone that came before you. It’s a pattern given to you by your father or grandfather or your culture. You didn’t even choose it rather it was placed in your soul. You’ve become a racist or you’re hostile, unforgiving and bitter. You became negative or cynical and it was passed onto you. Some of you are the sons of alcoholics who were sons of alcoholics and that fractal was passed onto you. Some of you, your brokenness was passed onto you and you’re a slave. Jesus came to break the patterns of these self-destructive patterns that keep replicating in our lives.
Maybe it starts with an offense. Someone offended you, wronged you. Then you chose not to forgive. You allowed it to simmer and it became bitterness that began to eat away at your soul. Then the bitterness became anger and you wanted to harm someone. Anger became true hatred and you wished death for them. Anger becomes hostility, which becomes violence, which becomes murder which then becomes war and then, genocide. We all pay attention at the genocide and war and murder levels. But none of us want to discuss the lower levels … the anger, the bitterness, the unforgiveness and the original offense … because … those are us. They are me. They are personal. The big headline grabbing war/genocide, yes, those are problems we can agree must be dealt with but …
What if we stepped back for a moment and realized that the entire human dilemma – the murder, war, genocide – is just a fractal of my soul replicated to a grand scale?
more to come…