Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6
Re-reading the Beatitudes as a personal checklist. Do I qualify to be blessed? I am not poor in spirit, by any definition. I am not gentle. I am often not merciful. I am not pure in heart. I am not a peacemaker.
I have mourned. I have suffered a bit of persecution for the kingdom, probably not enough to count.
But where I know I qualify, where I am looking forward to the payoff, the promise of being filled, is here: I hunger and thirst for righteousness. Like Abraham’s nephew Lot, who was “sick of the shameful immorality of the wicked people around him” (2 Peter 2:7 NLT), unrighteousness eats at me, rubs me raw, pains and angers me continually. Injustice, abuse, greed, arrogance, selfishness.
Unrighteousness in the world, in the White House and Congress, in international relations, in trafficking, in immigration, in intelligence, in national defense, in the military, in the news media, in entertainment, in law, in corporate business, in banking, in science, in education, in athletics, in the arts, in the health industry, in the abortion industry, in state and local politics, in families, in churches, down to unrighteousness in individuals we rub shoulders with every day.
Unrighteousness in me.