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Delivered By
Caleb Petersen
Delivered On
June 23, 2019

Outrageous Love


Problem: Outrage culture & heresy hunting

  • The World (Socio-Political)

    • “Save the turtles!”

    • “Build that wall!”

    • “My body, my choice!”

    • “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people!”

    • “Black Lives Matter!”

    • “Political correctness is for snowflakes!”

    • “Gender is a social construct!”

    • “Facts don’t care about your feelings!”

  • Everyone is outraged at everything!


  • Liberals do it.

  • Conservatives do it.

  • Why do we do it?

  • And where did all this start?

  • Child Sacrifice: should you feel something?


  1. What is outrage?

    1. Outrage: “A strong moral response or reaction towards an offense or injustice.”

    2. Combination of 3 emotions:

      1. Surprise (Fear)

      2. Disgust

      3. Anger

    3. Deeper than an emotion

      1. “Theory of feelings/emotion”

      2. Our Fear, Disgust, & Anger emotions are individually enough to push us to action.

      3. Grouped together = overwhelming urge to act


  1. Why do we get outraged?

    1. My opinion: Justice.

    2. We are made in the likeness of God (Gen 1:27). God is just, so we have an inbuilt response towards injustice.

      1. Movie Examples:

        1. “Man on Fire”

        2. “Taken”

        3. “The Equalizer”

        4. “Braveheart”

        5. “Gladiator”

        6. “The Patriot”

        7. “Rocky 4”

        8. “The Last of the Mohicans”

        9. “Fury”

        10. “Shawshank Redemption”

        11. “Saving Private Ryan”

        12. “Toy Story”

        13. “The Lion King”


  1. Does everyone get outraged at the same things?

    1. No.

    2. There is a social influence element to our justice program


  1. Where did outrage culture come from?

    1. Our inbuilt drive to be apart of the community

      1. Brene Brown: “We are neurobiologically wired for connection.”

      2. We want to please the group

      3. Displeasing the group means excommunication or being “cancelled


  1. Churchianity’s “Big 3” equivalent of outrage:

  1. Heresy: “belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious (especially Christian) doctrine.”

  2. Blasphemy: “the act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk.”

  3. Apostasy: “the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief.


*Heresies of the early church for further study: docetism, Montanism, adoptionism, Sabellianism, Arianism, Pelagianism, and gnosticism.*


  • How do we know what the “orthodox doctrine” is?

  • Who came up with that?

  • Why were they right and everyone else was wrong?

  • What about the Orthodox Church today? Are they the only ones who have the truth?

  • What about you? If you don’t know this predetermined doctrine, does that mean you are a heretic?

  • These are the questions we should be asking.

  • The 2 questions to ask to answer all of those is:

    • What do you believe the Bible is?

    • What do you believe the Bible is for?


  1. How is it affecting us today?

  • It’s affecting us in 3 ways

  1. Socio-politically

    1. Big businesses are manipulating you

      1. Article from Tim Cigelske, Medium: “Outrage has always been good for the news business, of course, back to when newsboys hawked yellow journalism. But with digital media it’s easier than ever for publishers to measure, monetize and surf the waves of internet anger. Analytics tools feed the surge by identifying stories about to trend. Behold the tidal wave of outrage search traffic.”

      2. In a media-driven world, more clicks = more money $$$

      3. Articles, Youtube videos, & Facebook posts work based off of interactions. Negative or positive.

      4. “Good news doesn’t sell.”

  2. Churchianity

    1. It’s created divisions among the body of Christ.

    2. Namely The Great Schism of 1054.

      1. Mary Fairchild, “In 1054 AD, a formal split occurred between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. This division remains in effect today. The 1054 split, also known as the Great East-West Schism marks an important date in the history of all Christian denominations because it designates the very first major division in Christianity and the beginning of "denominations."

  3. Personally

    1. Outrage creates unhealthy tribalism

      1. Outrage is infectious. It either compels you to team up or fight back

        1. Join the outrage of the team

        2. Outrage at the outrage

    2. This creates a shame culture

    3. This shuts down conversation for fear that I will be expelled from the group

      1. Or at least my voice will not be listened to

    4. Thus, shutting down new revelation, ideas, or solutions to future problems

    5. Essentially, all we’re doing is playing power games (“who’s in charge?”)

    6. The focus turns away from the main point: Jesus

      1. Jesus actually speaks a lot about being careful not to fall into this trap

      2. “First will be last…”




Moral superiority

Virtue signaling

Personal definition of justification

Group-think over the individual

Ideological possession

Confirmation bias

Cognitive dissonance

Truth without love

Facts masquerading as truth

Lost humility



Deep-seeded anger and resentment





  1. What is the solution?

  • NOT the solution:

    1. Turn your brain off

    2. Stop thinking

    3. Have no standards

    4. Lose all hope


  • Humility & Gratitude

    • Stop trying to control everything and everyone!

    • Bible Project Video: Ecclesiastes

    • ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬ “Fools fold their idle hands, leading them to ruin.” And yet, “Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind.””

      • Fools fold their yad = “forearm”

      • Better to have one kaph… = “open palm”

      • ...than two khophen = “grabbing fist”


  • Finding security through Jesus (power; control)

  • Finding wholeness through Jesus (anger; resentment)

    • ‭‭LUKE‬ ‭7:47-48, 50‬ ‭NASB‬‬

    • Story of 2 people (1’s actions are wrong, but their heart is true, 1’s actions are right, but their heart is misguided):

    • 47-48 “For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.”

    • 50 And He said to the woman, “Your faith has “made you sōzō”; go in peace.””



Let this passage bring us back into humility, gratitude, security, & wholeness:

“You are always and dearly loved by God! So robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. Be merciful as you endeavor to understand others, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others. Tolerate the weaknesses of those in the family of faith, forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ. If you find fault with someone, release this same gift of forgiveness to them. For love is supreme and must flow through each of these virtues. Love becomes the mark of true maturity. Let your heart be always guided by the peace of the Anointed One, who called you to peace as part of his one body. And always be thankful.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:12-15‬ ‭TPT‬‬