Awhile back I saw an idea on someone’s blog* of writing your own “reverse beatitudes” – trying to write statements that actually mean the opposite of the beatitudes, in order to grasp more fully what those famous statements from Matthew 6 mean. This really intrigued me; I love to ponder the Sermon on the Mount (and hopefully even more to live it out!). So I had a go – and was quite struck by the result:
“Blessed are the wealthy, for they don’t need the things of God and they don’t need God to give them anything.
Blessed are those who are always cheery, for they don’t have moments when they need Jesus to comfort them.
Blessed are the proud, for they can get what doesn’t belong to them by grabbing it.
Blessed are those who are wicked and have no shame, for they miss out on knowing better.
Blessed are those who never spare others who have wronged them, for they will always get what’s coming to them.
Blessed are the lustful, the greedy, the grabby, for they will always have an abundance of junk.
Blessed are those who stir up strife, for they will belong to the evil one.
Blessed are the quietly apathetic who just go with the flow, for their plain existence is just what they deserve.
Blessed are you when others fawn over and admire and flatter you because of your obvious greatness. Rejoice and be glad, for you have a huge reward here on earth, for so they have treated all shallow and worldly people before you.”
Some of these things are pretty damning, aren’t they? Have a go at writing your own!
*Ps. If you came up with the concept of these Reverse Beatitudes then please let me know. And kudos to you – genius idea!