“You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.” (James 1:19-20, NRSV)
In a 2007 episode of the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, Dr. Miranda Bailey, the African-American chief of surgery, is faced with a challenging case. Not because the surgical needs of the patient are a medical mystery. But because the patient is a Neo-Nazi, and does not want any African-American person touching him.
TV medical dramas being what they are, the patient’s condition becomes so dire, that Dr. Bailey is the only surgeon who can do the most good. She easily could employ the same anger the patient showed her. Instead, realizes that if she responds out of anger, she will be no better than her patient. Dr. Bailey tells the medical staff, “We will rise above.”Continue reading