Bless those who curse you, pray for those who…

Bless those who curse you… No way! That sucker must be dealt with! I will defend my right to speak, to march, to protest, to kill if need be!

If someone strikes you on the cheek, turn… No! Stop that sh_t! I’m not gonna turn away. That bast_rd gonna pay for what he done!

I’m gonna drive that mother down. So ends another peaceful protest rally. Is it just me or do the peaceful protest rallies seem a lot more violent than they used to be?

Civil discord has left the building. It has left the state, the nation, the world. Give peace a chance? Not anymore. We can’t talk to each other. We certainly won’t listen to each other. We bring bats, knives, and guns to peaceful protests.

America is nearly lost. I don’t see this turning around any time soon if at all. Society is being torn apart at the seams.

The Sermon on the Mount

The words of Jesus are not valued anymore. They certainly are not obeyed.

5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.
The Beatitudes
He said:
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“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
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Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
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Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
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Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
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Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
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Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

An Eye for an Eye

This rule is misunderstood. It was important in God’s design for limited justice. No excessive punishments for crimes. Societies instead thought they should demand justice or disfigurement when someone had injured them. It was about limitations–not getting even. God says he will handle inequities. We are to leave injustice to Him. He sees everything and in his timing he will make it right. We don’t have the patience to wait for God. We prefer to handle it ourselves.

Eye for Eye
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Love your enemies

Really? You expect me to love him? Love her? Love that group of people? They are a hate group, so I will hate them! So goes the peaceful dialogue.

Love for Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Things getting any better where you live?

The Claywriter