The beatitudes from the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5-7) are some of the most memorized passages of Scripture. But they were spoken for a greater reason than for getting gold stars at kids church. They are a demonstration of the upside-down, or rather, right-side-up values of the kingdom of God. The beatitudes display both the glory of God and the sinfulness of humanity, even at its best behavior. The beatitudes (Matthew 5:2-12) are also a glorious promise what those who place their faith in Jesus Christ will become due to God’s glorious transforming power (2 Cor. 3:18).
Joshua Harris, upon considering the famous passage from the sermon on the mount, developed his own version of the beatitudes based upon what he has observed in the world. He called them, the “secular beatitudes“:
- Blessed are the self-confident because they rule the world.
- Blessed are positive-thinkers because they don’t need anybody’s comfort.
- Blessed are the cocky and assertive because they get what they want.
- Blessed are those who hunger for fame because they get reality TV shows.
- Blessed are the vengeful because they get respect.
- Blessed are the impure, pleasure-seekers because they see a good time.
- Blessed are those who beat their opponents because the victors write the history books.
- Blessed are the popular because everybody loves them.