No, not the Miley Cyrus song. :) From January 30, 2005:
Had the privilege of visiting LaSalle Street Church today...came home with some great thoughts:
The Beatitudes. Do we ever see an inscription like “blessed are the poor, the meek, the peacemakers” on any of our buildings? Think if those words were written at powerful places like Washington D.C. It seems there aren’t too many people in Washington who are genuinely concerned with the poor, the meek, or those who seek peace. Isn’t it funny how some campaign for the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public places, like courtrooms? Sure, it can be easy not to murder or steal, but what about caring for the poor? What about peacemaking? It seems that things would get a little uncomfortable—a little too close for comfort—if we decided to so publicly display the Beatitudes. They are a wrecking ball for our lives. If we consider the idea that Jesus may have really meant what he said, what kind of destruction does that mean in terms of how we live our lives?
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.