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Beatitudes: “Persecuted for Righteousness”

July 13th, 2021 | 2 min read

By Matthew Lee Anderson

Continuing the Mere Fidelity series of discussions on the Beatitudes, Alastair, Derek, and Matt talk about the blessing for those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. It’s not as clear as it might at first seem. Specifically, why are there two beatitudes for persecution? What is the righteousness that is being persecuted? Why do multiple beatitudes promise the Kingdom of Heaven to the poor and to the persecuted? The answers to these questions have very real consequences for situations that you could find yourself in today.

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No Joking Matter [0:00]

Old Testament Persecution and Blessing [1:26]

Matt and Derek disagree. [5:15]

Which righteousness? [8:46]

Righteousness Outside the Kingdom [17:29]

For the Sake of the Righteousness [25:02]

Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. [31:03]

Matt wins. [34:32]


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Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is an Associate Professor of Ethics and Theology in Baylor University's Honors College. He has a D.Phil. in Christian Ethics from Oxford University, and is a Perpetual Member of Biola University's Torrey Honors College. In 2005, he founded Mere Orthodoxy.