Worth Reading–October 6

by Steve

Here is a great little post from Ray Ortlund called The unBeatitudes. He’s taken the Beatitudes from Matthew 5:3-11 and written out some opposites for them. Here are the Beatitudes from Matthew 5.
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4″Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5″Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6″Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7″Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8″Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9″Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

And here is his post. It definitely gives us something to think about.

The unBeatitudes

Congratulations to the entitled, for they grab what they want.
Congratulations to the carefree, for they shall be comfortable.
Congratulations to the pushy, for they shall win.
Congratulations to the greedy, for they shall climb the food chain.
Congratulations to the vengeful, for they shall be feared.
Congratulations to those who don’t get caught, for they shall look good.
Congratulations to the argumentative, for they shall get in the last word.
Congratulations to the popular, for this world lies at their feet.

The gospel is more than handy tips for improving our lives this week. It is a new outlook on everything, illuminated by God’s promise of a glorious future renewing the entire creation through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

But God is not the only one making us promises. The world has its own version of events, its own eschatology, its own promises of reward. We must choose. And either way, we will be living by faith.

But have you ever met one person who believed this world’s unBeatitudes and came to the end a satisfied, radiant, wise person? Even one?

Here’s a link to Ray Ortlund’s blog. And as always, I suggest you check it out!