“The meek inherit the earth.”
The meek live as though they possess nothing and are therefore the most likely candidates to inherit everything. They don’t conquer or take over the earth, instead they “inherit” it from their Father who knows that these are the kind of people he can trust with his planet.
Scott Bessenecker says: “A life lived in simplicity, humility and obscurity will be a very handy asset at the end of the game when God is looking for meek people to put in charge.”
An immense swath of the Western Church prides herself on power, wealth, and political influence. She rejects the foot-washing basin for bravado and the towel for pomposity! She may not be going on actual crusades to conquer the heathen in the Holy Land, but this triumphalist antithesis of the spirit of meekness is alive and well in many Christian circles.
The meek, on the other hand, lobby for the lowest seats and are therefore often placed in the highest ones. Their love for the most unlovable qualifies them. They’re more concerned with justice for the most vulnerable than they are with their own status.
This is an excerpt from a book I hope to publish in the near future on the Sermon on the Mount called: What In The World? Some Moral, Social, and Politically Disruptive Implications of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.
As such, I’d appreciate your feedback on this post and others to come in order to make the final copy publish-worthy.