There are some who would laugh at the social butterfly that is the Exhorter.
There are some Prophets who might be tempted to laugh AT the Exhorter’s anger, or fail to take their anger seriously, precisely because, so frequently, the Exhorter is saddled with a “life of the party” stigma.
But nothing could be further from the right way to handle the Exhorter, epsecially when their anger is rightly-weighed and placed.
Let’s read the following text from Exodus 32.
As soon as he came near the camp and saw the calf and dancing, Moses’ anger burned hot, and he threw the tablets out of his hand and broke them at the foot of the mountain. He took the calf that they had made and burned it with fire and ground it to powder and scattered it on the water and made the people of Israel drink it.
Exodus 32:19-20 (ESV)
Gang, make it your aim to refuse to stereotype any one of the gifts.
Just because the Exhorter can be so fun-loving and given to people and possibly some glad-handing, does not mean their ire cannot be drawn and their zeal for the L-rd’s honor and holiness cannot burn fiercely.
Just because a Prophet, for example, can make fun of an Exhorter’s anger, does not mean it is not incredibly stupid.
Just because an Exhorter is angry at something does not mean it is time for another colossal joke or that we should not take them seriously.
G-d made the gifts all good.
Moses lost it and forced the idolaters to drink ground-up calf idol.
Sounds like a Prophet, right? Reminds me personally of Elijah.
Each of the gifts can manifest a zeal for the L-rd of hosts.
Then, on top of that, the Exhorter Moses said.
Levites, start a massacre.
Granted, some stuff is Exhorter ego, and we should feel a safe place to call it out when it is off-base.
But that is why discernment is so critical, gang.
And we should be aware of when the Exhorter really is desiring others to take them seriously.
Just because one gift typically presents one way, does not mean that they always present that way.
Handle the Exhorter, and handle them well.
Make sure you can have a strong exchange with them when necessary. They need people to help them come down when they are burning with Reality over some issue.