Black Lives Matter: A 21st Century Beatitude?

The Unexpected Pastor


Jesus kicked off the Sermon on the Mount with the beatitudes. “Blessed are the poor in spirit . . .”

A guy on the mount interrupted Jesus. “Hey! ALL lives are blessed!”

Jesus ignored him. “For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

The heckler again horned in. “The kingdom of heaven belongs to EVERYBODY!”

And so it went through the beatitudes, Jesus identifying those who are blessed – those who mourn, those who hunger for righteousness, the meek, the merciful, the persecuted, and so on – and the guy interrupting him each time.

Of course it didn’t happen that way. According to Matthew Chapters five through seven, Jesus was allowed to get through the entire Sermon on the Mount without interruption.

But how would he have responded to such a challenge?

Based on his teaching and ministry, I imagine Jesus’ reply would have been something like this. In Aramaic, of course:


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