Sunday, 19 April 2009

the beatitudes: remixed

I was thinking what the beatitudes would look like if someone came up with them based on how The Church looks today (Or at lest what came’s across from some parts of the church in the west today.) Maybe they would go something like this:

Blessed are the spiritual,
for their spiritual experiences bring them close to God.
Blessed are those who are happy,
for they will live a fulfilled life.
Blessed are those who help themselves,
for the world is their oyster.
Blessed are those who know that they are righteousness,
for they know that they are going to heaven.
Blessed are the tough on crime,
for obviously they have never done anything wrong before.
Blessed are those who know Jesus in their heart,
for the heart is good, but the mind is corrupt.
Blessed are those who are anti abortion, pro“family values” and pro smacking,
for these are the issues that God is clearly most interested in.
Blessed are those who are not persecuted,
for if God was blessing them, why would they be persecuted?

Or if we twist it around the other way:

Down with the poor in spirit,
for it’s their own fault that they are poor.
Down with are those who mourn,
for they should get over it and harden up.
Down with the meek,
for its people who have it all together we need in this world today.
Down with those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for if they just gave 10% of their income to the church, they would be fine.
Down with the merciful,
for people need to repent before they can be shown mercy.
Down with the pure in heart,
for they must be self-righteous.
Down with the peacemakers,
for they are totally unrealistic.
Down with those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for they haven’t tolerated other peoples beliefs.

Let’s remind ourselves of what Jesus actually said (Matthew 5: 4-10):

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Anyone see the contrast?

3 comments:

qwandor said...

Quite a contrast, it is true. Thanks for posting that.

Natalie said...

have you ever read 'the Jesus I never knew' by Philip Yancey? He does something very similar in that, you might find it interesting.

Nathan Bayliss said...

Yeah, I have, but I don't remember him doing this. Might have to have another look.