Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Student Beatitudes, November 2016, Chapter III

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
My Bible classes finished the Beatitudes recently. The eight statements of Jesus at the outset of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew's chapter five are familiar to Christians but are often foreign to the way we act. How are we supposed to rejoice and mourn concurrently? Who feels good about being mistreated? Philip Yancey translated these teachings as Lucky Are The Unlucky. Our class periods centered around our own translations of these contradictory, to the non-believer, words of truth from the lips of the Savior. Each student was assigned the task of recreating the Beatitudes in ways that made sense to them in twenty-first century Houston, Texas. What follows is a sampling of the theology of my students. All are used by permission with boys in blue and girls in pink:

Blessed are the tall, for there will be no ceilings in heaven. - Success
Blessed to those who live on the street because when you get to heaven, you will live wherever you want. - Kolby
Blessed are those who don’t know where they stand in the world, because they sit on the right hand of the father. - Tsydea
Blessed are the overweight, for there are no scales in heaven. - Andre
Blessed are the unintelligent for there is no gpa in heaven. - Oliva
Blessed be the historians, for the past will come alive in heaven. - Jacob
Blessed are the brokenhearted for their hearts will be mended by God’s love - Kalani
Blessed are those with conflicts, for it will help you grow. - Nehemiah
Blessed are the volleyball players, for they will jump for God. - Gail
Blessed are the ugly for God looks only at the soul. -Tyler
Blessed are the disabled for they will have the ability to do all through Christ. - Q
Blessed are the broken down, for God will build them into something greater. - Margaret
Blessed are the obese, for they look perfect in God’s eyes. - Wesley
Blessed are the lonely for Jesus is a forever friend. Jenna
Blessed are the blind, for they can’t become corrupted by the world’s sights. - James
Blessed are the wise, for their wisdom may be shared. - Jack Blessed are they who are picked on for all shall be equal in heaven. - Brady

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