And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
(Matthew 5:1–12 ESV)
We keep asking for God to bless America and for Him to bless His church in these difficult times.
I submit that He’s trying to do just that.
The problem is that the Beatitudes are the blessings no one wants.
It’s hard to be poor in spirit when you’re so sure that God is on your side and you’re fighting for the kingdoms of this world.
We can’t stop fighting long enough to mourn and as long as we’re fighting we haven’t lost anything.
Meekness is for people who can’t pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.
We all define “righteousness” differently depending on demographics.
We’ll show them mercy when we have utterly defeated them.
We’re very sure we’re pure in heart, but God is strangely absent.
Peacemaking is for people who have already lost.
We will not be persecuted…we have rights.
We will revile back…we have free speech here.
We will rejoice when our rewards are great here…and not before.
No, these are not the blessings we choose, because to receive them we would have to change our way of thinking, our way of speaking, and our way of life.
These are the blessings you receive when you have no choice but to do so.
We don’t want this kind of blessing.
Make your own application…