What Do You Do with The Mad That You Feel?

Brothers and Sisters,

Regardless of your political opinion, this week has been epic with the election of Donald Trump as our next president.

Many who supported Secretary Clinton are mad about the outcome.

Many who supported Mr. Trump were mad about the direction of the country, and voted for a different outcome.

Irrespective of why we are mad, the question today is, “What do you do with the mad that you feel?”

In 1968, America was mad!

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated.

The war in Vietnam was raging, with young Americans being killed by the hundreds weekly.

American Cities were aflame – there were riots in Detroit, New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Kansas City, and Wilmington.

Fred Rogers, the beloved host of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, wrote a song that attempted to put the madness of 1968 into context for children of the day.

I present this song in hopes that all of us, regardless of our side of the divide in this election, we will learn what to do with the mad that we may feel.

Peace, Grace and Love

Your Brother In Christ


What do you do with the mad that you feel?

Written by Fred Rogers | © 1968 Fred M. Rogers

What do you do with the mad that you feel
When you feel so mad you could bite?
When the whole wide world seems oh, so wrong…
And nothing you do seems very right?

What do you do? Do you punch a bag?
Do you pound some clay or some dough?
Do you round up friends for a game of tag?
Or see how fast you go?

It’s great to be able to stop
When you’ve planned a thing that’s wrong,
And be able to do something else instead
And think this song:

I can stop when I want to
Can stop when I wish
I can stop, stop, stop any time.
And what a good feeling to feel like this
And know that the feeling is really mine.
Know that there’s something deep inside
That helps us become what we can.
For a girl can be someday a woman
And a boy can be someday a man.


Matthew 19:16-22 gives us this wonderful account of a teachable moment with Jesus. A rich man approaches Jesus and ask “what good thing must He do to obtain eternal life?”

After some discussion Jesus gives the Rich Man a list of things he should not do such as:

“Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, and do not lie.” 

Jesus also gives the Rich man several things he should do such as:

“Honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as you do yourself.”

After Jesus told him these things the rich man said, “I’ve done all that. What’s left?”

Then Jesus told him: “Then if you want to be perfect, go sell all of your possessions; give everything to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come follow me.”

The rich man’s reaction to what Jesus said was captured perfectly in The Message Bible translation of Matthew 19:22:

“That was the last thing the rich man expected to hear. And so, crestfallen, he walked away. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and he couldn’t bear to let go.

Jesus teaching in this passage is clear.  We often value and hold on to the wrong “treasures.”   God is calling us to let go, not just the material “treasures” like clothes, electronics and jewels.  But also to “treasures” like titles, positions and relationships.

Jesus wants us to let go of these “treasures” so that we can receive the true treasures that being a follower of Jesus can bring.

For as Jesus tells us in Matthew 20:29, “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive one hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.”

©2015 Marben Bland

Marben Bland, is a faith leader, writer and speaker.  Send an email to comment on this post to marben@marbenbland.com  Find more posts at www.marbenbland.com