The Meekness Conspiracy
Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth.
One of the very best things to me about Scripture is it’s limitless depth. When you get to the point of presuming that you have mastered a section, scripture has a way of quickly humbling you.
Take this single verse from the Beatitudes, it has been translated so improperly that it beggars belief. It’s seriously almost offensive, we have enough issues trying to ‘become’ as a Church, do we really need this kind of obstacle as well?
Blessed (empowered to prosper) are the meek…
Ok. What exactly is meek?
quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive.
So if you are quiet, gentle and easily imposed on, being submissive will get you to inherit the earth, according to the English rendering of the verse.
I am dubious. But God does things differently than us and Christ’s ways of doing and being right are the opposite of our natural inclinations.
I’ve lived as an Xian for 28 years striving for meekness and failing spectacularly. Honestly, I’ve been meek when I shouldn’t have been and I’ve forgotten meekness when I probably should have remembered it.
But the church felt secure (in part because of the legitimacy afforded the virtue due to this verse) in pushing meekness as a chief virtue and I never argued, believing the process was the journey.
I was wrong.
Here’s the word translated as ‘meek’:
exercising God’s strength under His control – demonstrating power without undue harshness.
The word praus conveys both strength and reserve, not being easily imposed on and submissive.
It is akin to when I teach Mixed Martial Arts. Due to training and knowledge (also awesomeness), I could hurt one of the students or put them to sleep fairly easily. But I keep my strength and power under control so that they are not harmed. In a real fight, I don’t do this, instead I would display unchecked power.
This is meekness biblically, to possess power and the wisdom to use it in a way that pleases God.