Probably the most famous sermon ever delivered in America was “Sinners in the hands of an Angry God” by the puritan scholar, Jonathan Edwards, delivered in 1741. God’s anger, or wrath as it is usually translated, is certainly a biblical theme. St. Paul writes, You are storing up wrath for yourself for the day of wrath and revelation of the just judgment of God. The traditions of the Church also picked up this theme; it was traditional at funerals, for example, to sing of the “dies irae,” the day of wrath. There is not much preaching today about God’s wrath because God’s wrath only makes sense if one understands God’s love. God’s wrath is like a mother chiding her child from touching a hot stove.