Blessed be Barack Obama. the President of the United States.
Blessed be Angela Merckel, the Chancellor of Germany.
Blessed be Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia.
Blessed be Bill Gates, billionaire co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Blessed be Pope Benedict XVI, the head of the Roman Catholic Church.
And, blessed be Gloria C. Mackenzie, lottery winner.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 2
Blessed are the meek – the humble, gentle and lowly – for the whole earth will belong to them. 3
Strangely enough, the “blesseds” given by Jesus in Matthew 5 and Luke 6 have not uniformly been a blessing. For many they have proved to be nothing less than toxic. 4
Jesus tells the radical “good Samaritan” story. In the story, the enemy becomes the hero; it’s a radical world-upside-down tale. 5
In the United States, Dallas Willard explained, Jesus “would tell us about the ‘good Iraqi,’ ‘good Communist,’ ‘good Muslim,’ and so on. In some quarters it would have to be the good feminist or good homosexual.”
“Then there are the meek. These are the shy ones, the intimidated, the mild, the unassertive. They step off the sidewalk to let others pass as if it were only right, and if something goes wrong around them, they automatically feel it must have something to do with them. When others step forward and speak up, they shrink back, their vocal chords perhaps moving but producing no sound. They do not assert their legitimate claims unless driven into a corner and then usually with ineffectual rage.”
The meek, gentle and lowly may be missing out on the esteem of the world’s power players, but in a radical world-upside-down way, “the kingdom of the heavens enfolds them, the whole earth is their Father’s — and theirs as they need it. The Lord is their shepherd, they shall not want.”
That peace – they shall not want – is profound, transformational, and the envy of all the world’s most powerful. In their own way, the meek, humble, gentle and lowly are the real winners. “Blessed be” is mysilentscream.
1 – From Forbes list of the World’s Most Powerful People
2 – Matthew 5:5, NIV
3 – Matthew 5:5
4 – Dallas Willard’s book Divine Conspiracy influenced me throughout this series
5 – Luke 10:25-37, NLT