Monday, December 18, 2006

A Tale of Two Value Systems

I got this from my church's weekly bulletin (edited):

1. Values of the World

  • Blessed are the rich and comfortable
  • Blessed are the tough
  • Blessed are they whose every want is satisfied
  • Blessed are they who get even
  • Blessed are you when they accept you and pamper you
  • Look out for youself, nobody else will
  • Avoid pain and suffering at all costs
  • Success is the name of the game, else you are a loser
  • The only way to peace is to have more and better weapons
  • Go to church and keep up the appearances but don't be a religious freak
2. Values of the Gospel
  • Blessed are the poor in spirit
  • Blessed are the meek
  • Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for what is right
  • Blessed are the merciful
  • Blessed are you when they insult and persecute you
  • Give and it will be given to you in good measure
  • Take up your cross each day and follow me
  • What would you profit if you gained the whole world but forfeited your life?
  • All who take up the sword will perish by the sword
  • Love the Lord your God with all your heart...and with all your mind
(source: John Fullenbach in Throw Fire)

Whose side am I/are you standing on??!!