Well, at least according to a fashion blog out of Sydney Australia! Perhaps we will join the resistance next Sunday at Midway Hills, too!
As part of our sermon series based on Jim Forrest’s book, we are climbing a ladder and can understand the whole New Testament in a new way as we look at it through the lens of the Beatitudes. My beatitude is the one about being meek. At this point in my preparation, I’m both embracing Forrest’s view and resisting it. I’ve never been much for climbing ladders or giving myself to “obedience” as he suggests. Words like “obey” strike me as pointing toward a theology of perfectionism that sticks in my craw. When it comes to being meek, do we try to act like were are blessed by acting out “meek” in a particular way? If I speak out against power and seek justice, am I meek? What happens if we don’t measure up (or down) to meekness? Are we un-blessed? Do we not get our inheritance? Are we written out of the will of God???
In all of these questions, there is a certain ethical dilemma to the Beatitudes of “being” and “doing” that we can explore. This week I will try to explore what it means to “be” or “do” meek and see what that means for our climb up the rungs to the higher meaning of this third Beatitude and the blessedness that it claims along with its promise of the earth as inheritance.