“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.