I am beginning a slow work all over again in the Sermon on the Mount because I was challenged recently by something I wrote over 8 years ago. It is time to enter into this bigger challenge, even though I would rather be lazy and just let the feeling pass by.

Re-entering the Beatitudes, there is a short hand I will use here because I need much more space to draw it out. (And, you can also read Dallas Willard’s monumental work The Divine Conspiracy for a more full explanation.) Basically, my view on the Beatitudes is this:

It’s not about what WE are to “achieve.” (Such as, “I need to BE poor in spirit.”

This is a list of losers. Jesus is making the claim: “NO ONE is beyond Kingdom blessing, not even this bunch of losers.”

Now, JESUS doesn’t label them losers. The world does. I mean, who really expects the “meek” to inherit the earth? We need “winners”. We need people who will make us “winners” again!

Diving into this list again, I am more convinced than ever before this is a place the white American conservative church has abandoned. We have misinterpreted the Beatitudes and the Sermon to bend it to our will… and it’s to our shame. It is to our embarrassment.

Lord, we are in need of repentance!

One thought on “The conviction of the Beatitudes

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.