Friday, April 29, 2011

Kingdom of the World's Beatitudes

While I'm posting about my recent reading, I found this gem in Robert C. Girard's 1979 book, Brethren, Hang Together. As a commentary based on the Beatitudes on what the world values (attitudes that invade churches!) he wrote these Kingdom of the World's Beatitudes:

Blessed (to be envied) are those who are completely adequate and strong, who never display weakness or personal spiritual need
... for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the positive, light-hearted, and those who never cry
... for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the aggressive, demanding and cocky, those who know and claim their rights and advantages
... for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who desire the glory of power, goods, success, and acclaim
... for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the organizers, motivators, and manipulators of people, who have their corporate growth objectives clearly in mind, who see people as a means to reach their objectives, and will not be distracted from their "higher work" by personal involvements with misfits or cripples
for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are those who are careful in their commitment to God, not to become too "other worldly"
... for they shall see God.
Blessed are the fighters and scrappers, who knowing they are right, tear all who disagree with them to shreds, and noisily separate from those who are "wrong"
... for they shall be called the sons of God.
Blessed are those of whom all men speak well, with whom the world is comfortable
... the kingdom belongs to them.

One of Girard's themes in his book, which was about small groups in churches and spiritual leadership, was relying on God to work in and through His people.

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