The Bible might be the last thing in your brain when you start thinking about teen angst. But I assure you, mixed in between the verses we quote in our instagram captions is some serious attitude.
(Formal disclaimer that the Bible is full of meaning and all of these incidents are an example of how to use attitude for the work of the Lord.)
1. “On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.” – Mark 11:12-25
This is an example of a time that Jesus was hungry and there was no fruit on a tree so he literally KILLED THE TREE and it withered up and died. It’s also Biblical proof that Jesus got hangry too.
2. This is followed by what has to be the most angsty part of the whole Bible, when Jesus took the time to make himself a whip to kick everyone out of the temple in a super angry DIY sorta way.
“And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.” -John 2:15
3. “He went up from there to Bethel, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!” And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys.” -2 Kings 2:23-24
Going retro, this brings us back to the Old Testament. A bunch of boys were bullying Elisha, a full grown man, so he set a bunch of BEARS on them. If I woulda had bear summoning powers in middle school it would have been a whole different story.
4. “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you?” Matthew 17:17
This is a beautiful example of Jesus being absolutely done with everyone.
5. “After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions... And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” -Luke 2
In this section of the Bible, Jesus is a twelve year old who goes missing for three full days in a strange city. His parents are losing it. And when they finally find him his response is basically “duh”. If that’s not teen angst I’m not really sure what is.