Beatitudes

In his book, “The Pursuit of God”, A.W. Tozer writes:

“The way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valleys of soul poverty and abnegation of all things.  The blessed ones who possess the Kingdom are they who have repudiated every external thing and have rooted from their hearts all sense of possessing. These are the ‘poor in spirit'” 

Where is that voice today?  Where are the leaders calling us to this kind of abandonment to God and His will?  Tozer, in his day, was almost a lone voice calling out a warning about the dangerous, self-oriented path that evangelicalism was taking.  Those voices are still there today, still warning…albeit, mostly from the fringe.

I’m not feeling good today (not just mentally, I think I have that sore throat-flu thing that’s been going about smacking people lately…and given my propensity for asking people to hold hands at Burning House meetings, it’s no wonder).  But anyway…I’m not feeling good, which is my excuse for writing such a biting satire below.  It’s not that I’m trying to be difficult…it’s just that I’m frustrated at what we are passing off as Christianity these days.  Please feel free to take exception to my words.

 

THE MODERN EVANGELICAL BEATITUDES

Blessed are the rich,

For they show off God’s power to prosper and get more stuff.

 

Blessed are the entertained,

For they shall be numbed to the realities of life and responsibility.

 

Blessed are the loud,

For their picketing, protests and demands shall make politicians fear them.

 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for self-help formulas and platitudes,

For they shall find a cornucopia of books to make them feel good at the Christian bookstore.

 

Blessed are the condemning,

For their signs and bullhorns prove they are right and all others are wrong.

 

Blessed are they who are steeped in doctrinal training,

For they shall have an answer for everything, and no more shall mystery be tolerated.

 

Blessed are those who promote the war on terror,

For they shall always know war.

 

Blessed are those who work toward legislating Christian values and morals,

Who force the Christian way of life on all, regardless of individual choice,

For theirs is the kingdom of this world and it’s ways.

 

 

2 comments

  1. I love that book by Tozier….but how many times have I found myself as one of the “blessed” mentioned above; esp. as one of the entertained or looking in those self-help books at the christian bookstore or the condemning. I have found though that none of these are good…esp. when it comes to knowing God and His will for my life. I have found that simple love, unconditional love is so much a better way to get to know God and I can feel Him working in me when I show, share this unconditional love to others. Just my $.02 worth.

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