so who’s meek? (the beatitudes, part 3)

So, allow me to say this upfront, as hard as it is.  I’m not meek.  I was a professional soldier for a while; meekness is not who I am. I don’t know how to be meek. That being said, once again, I’m getting shredded by this sword we call the Bible…

“Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.” — Jesus, Matthew 5:5.

This community of strangers that Christ has called out from the crowd possesses no inherent rights of its own to protect its fellow members that are in the world, nor do they claim such rights. They are meek. They renounce every right of their own, and live solely for Christ. When reproached, they hold their peace; when treated with violence, they endure it patiently. When men drive them from their presence, they yield their ground.

They won’t go to the law to defend their rights, nor will they make a scene when they suffer injustice. Understand that these men have given up their rights, and their precious little wrongs, too. They don’t insist on their legal rights! They are determined to leave their rights to God alone. The ancient church paraphrased it,

“non cupidi vindictae” (no vindictive ambition).

Their rights are in the will of their Lord – that and no more. They show by every word and gesture that they do not belong to this earth. In their fake pity the world says, “Leave heaven to them, that ‘s where they belong.”

To these men, these disenfrancised and powerless men, the very earth belongs.

Those who now possess it by violence will lose it, and those who here have utterly renounced it, who were meek to the point of the cross, shall rule the new earth…

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