The Beatitudes in the Gospel of Luke

In the Beatitudes in the Gospel of Luke you have the Blessed and the Woes, in other words what is good in the eyes of God and what is not.  Here is a view of what I believe God has called us to do in being a blessing to others and what is being unmerciful to our neighbors:

Blessing: Everyone is created in the image of God and should be treat with honor and respect, not matter their race religion or culture.

Unmerciful:  Racism, Sexism, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Muslim, Anti-LGBTQ, Anti-poor, Anti-Children, etc.

Blessing:  Caring for creation and making sure that the generations to come will have quality air, water, food and resources for all.

Unmerciful:  Using and squandering the resources of this earth, solely to make a profit in the here and now without regard to how this will impact the quality of life for future generations.

Blessing:  Working for adequate food, shelter, clothing and medical for all people especially those who do not have the resources to do so, especially children.

Unmerciful:  Blaming the poor for being poor, disregarding the needs of others because we are doing fine, believing there are limited resources for only those who deserve them.

Blessing:  Being servants of forgiveness, mercy and justice, in word and deed.

Unmerciful:  Seeing, forgiveness, mercy and justice and weaknesses and not important.

Blessing:  Being courageous and taking risks, going outside of our comfort zone, for the sake of others.

Unmerciful:  Using fear and hatred to divide people, pitting one group against another.

Blessing:  Standing up for the downtrodden, the outcast, those who don’t seem to fit anywhere, including the lost and the disenfranchised.

Unmerciful:  Standing up for only oneself, disregarding those less fortunate and forgetting the needs of the marginalized.

Today on our world and in our nations we are challenged as followers of Christ to live out what it means to be a blessing to others.  In spite of the fears of this world, but always being reminded that “Wherever you are, God is there!”