In a world that viewed itself as growing more and more pacific the idea that God should be without wrath – a deified reflection of itself made some sort of sense.
In a world that is more and more quick to dwell in outrage, the idea that God should be without wrath is peculiar.
From Fleming Rutledge.
The Biblical message is that the outrage of God is first of all in the heart of God. If we are resistant to the idea of the wrath of God, we might pause to reflect the next time we are outraged about something – about our property values being threatened, or our children’s educational opportunities being limited, or our tax breaks being eliminated. All of us are capable of anger about something. God’s anger, however, is pure. It does not have the maintenance of privilege as its object, but goes out on behalf of those who have no privileges. The wrath of God is not an emotion that flares up from time to time, as though God has temper tantrums; it is a way of describing his absolute enmity against all wrong and his coming to set matters right.
Fleming Rutledge, The Crucifixion – Understanding The Death Of Jesus Christ Eerdmans, Grand Rapids MI, 2015, pg 129-130.