Genevieve Angelique

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Keeping the Beatitudes

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A new season of political unrest has begun.

Soft grievances like, “I’m sick of politics,” and “the election is over, it’s time to move on,” or “relax; it’ll all work out” are getting mixed with less friendly touts of “stop complaining,” and “sore losers,” and “where were all the moralists until now?” I’ve heard this on popular radio channels, through friends on social media, and in person.

On one hand, I get it. It’s emotionally draining—being exposed to strong opinions, feelings, and in-the-moment reactions. All of which may (or may not) be well-thought out and laced with the intent to unite versus divide.

That’s why I *personally* unplug from social media on a frequent basis. Because if I don’t, this happens:

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However.

There is a reason why all this “political drama” is still going on.

It’s because our current president has begun a war against ‘others.’ And when war begins—whether in the literal or figurative sense—sparks are ignited within hearts. A collective patriotism is set ablaze. A fighting spirit of like-minded citizens who choose humanity over indifference, mercy over fear, and love over hate advances.

MLK Quote

So while political views cause discomfort and exhaustion, know that protesting advocates do so to preserve their consciences. Because, to many, staying silent and allowing things to proceed on ‘natural course’ is the same as turning away from righteousness.

And I suspect “awakened consciences” such as these will blaze for months and years to come. The ones with pure intentions will not do this to make others upset or divide. Quite the opposite.

Because for these hearts, to speak up is to …

Choose humanity.

Choose mercy.

Choose love.

Keeping these Godly beatitudes is light for the soul.

For as Pope Francis said,

“… [There is a] contradiction of those who want to defend Christianity in the West, and, on the other hand, are against refugees and other religions … The sickness or, you can say the sin, that Jesus condemns most is hypocrisy … You cannot be a Christian without living like a Christian … You cannot be a Christian without practicing the Beatitudes. You cannot be a Christian without doing what Jesus teaches us in Matthew 25 [feed the hungry, clothe the naked and welcome the stranger].

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“It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of help … If [you] say [you are a] Christian, but do these things, [you are] a hypocrite.” {See footnote 1}

To this I say,

Amen.

Footnotes:

  1. https://www.scross.co.za/2016/10/tall-order-cannot-christian-without-practising-beatitudes/
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Author: genevieveangelique

Writer, Blusher, Star-goggles Wearer.

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