I have been wrong about the second Beatitude. I understood “mourn” to mean that if I cried tears, Jesus would comfort me. Then I read Dr. Clarence Jordan who knew something about mourning.
In his book The Sermon on the Mount, Dr. Jordan writes that a mourner is one who expresses a deep concern. Tears, he adds, “aren’t essential to mourning, but deep concern is.” Dr. Jordan, the preacher in Americus, GA knew about deep concern when he was threatened by the Klan, watched by the FBI, and told not to return to a local Baptist church because he had arrived to the service with a Black man.
Hearing the President of the United States take the Lord’s name in vain three times at ECU, use vile language in the WH, lie to us repeatedly, curse his perceived enemies, “play” the victim, deny responsibility, and say to Arthur Brooks at the National Prayer Breakfast, “I don’t agree with you, Arthur” (who had just spoken about loving enemies).
Dr. Jordan wrote his words in the segregated America of 1952. He knew about having deep concern for our individual sin and the sin of our nation. We need to be so concerned for our nation that we say “Enough” to this man and his enablers. Our belief should be in God, not Trump. As Jordan knew, when we mourn we will be comforted by God, not politicians.