Reflect: Beatitudes #8

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."     Matthew 5:10

This is our final beatitude and will conclude our series. For those who have gone with us, we hope it has been thought provoking. Thank you for going on this journey with us.

Today's beatitude is particularly poignant in light of the current conversations surrounding the refugee crisis. Strong opinions are being vocalized. Misinformation is being passed along. Fear and impatience are growing. Not much progress is being made in how to move forward.

It is easy to look back and see which side was the right one to be on. We can't imagine how anyone would turn a blind eye to the millions of Jews being sent away to their deaths. What will future generations say about ours regarding the millions of displaced men, women, and children in need of help?

There is a long tradition in the scriptures of standing with the marginalized, the poor, the neglected, the forgotten. It is a call that cannot be ignored. We ask you to reflect on this in the days to come. 

Let us not forget the humanity of another. Ever.


Jennifer Potter

Jennifer is co-founder and lead pastor of The Other Church. She started this community because of her love of God, faith, and diversity of community which she could not find elsewhere. In addition to serving as pastor, she is a chaplain at a local hospital. She does life with her spouse, Jeremy. They have two hilarious and brilliant children. Isaac is grown and lives in NY. Liv is nearly grown and off to college soon.