Saturday, February 9, 2008

The Beatitudes of the present age

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 of Jesus is more than a few handy tips for improving our lives this week. It is a whole way of life grounded in a whole view of history, with a glorious future renewing the creation through his death and resurrection. His promises are worth living for, no matter what the cost now. But he is not the only one making us promises. The world has its version of events, its eschatology, its promises of reward. We face a decision.

But have you ever met one person who bought into this world's Beatitudes and came to the end a satisfied, radiant, optimistic, wise, attractive person? May God save us from this world-promising-but-world-defrauding world through his Christ-exalting, world-redeeming gospel.