Such a Simple Idea

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“For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes (Matthew 5). I haven’t heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere.

“Blessed are the merciful” in a courtroom? “Blessed are the peacemakers” in the Pentagon? Give me a break!”
― Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

 

 

 

Jesus had such simple ideas.

Blessed are the merciful.

Blessed are the pure of heart.

Blessed are the peace makers.

Such simple ideas.

But we are complicated people.

I have a right to defend myself.

I have a right to bear arms.

I will serve my country in time of war

I will sue you for every imagined wrong.

I will protect the institution over the individual.

Jesus became a Christian symbol and his simple ideas have been mostly forgotten, replaced with institutions, hierarchies, rituals and dogmas.

Jesus had such simple ideas, but we are such complicated people.

 

 

 

 

Published by lensdailydiary

Born Stepney, London, England. Emigrated to Canada. Married, two children, six grandchildren. Retired. Conservative and cultural catholic. LOVE soccer. Tottenham Hotspur. Read historical and fantasy fiction..

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