A still means Jump….
I love to play Mario. Not just any Mario Game, but the Old School Mario. Ten Levels, 4 sub-levels in those, and a castle at the fourth sub level. I love the music, I love the sound effects, and the fact that it’s so retro. It’s an enduring classic. It’s probably the only reason many have the old Nintendo system. I love to use this analogy to describe the Sermon on the Mount. Confused? Well Let me Illustrate.
The Sermon on the Mount is what I would like to call the “Basics of the Kingdom”. So, how far can you go in your Christian walk if you don’t know and walk out the Beatitudes or the Sermon on the Mount? How far can you go in Mario if you forget that A means Jump?
So often people say that Jesus said those things to say that the Sermon on the Mount is Impossible to live. Then those words were wasted. If Jesus did not do anything on earth it was waste words. He clearly expected us to live this lifestyle on a consistent and DAILY basis. These were not just suggestions but conditions. He’s not going to give the kingdom of heaven to someone who is going to treat it as common and simple. How can you comfort someone who doesn’t mourn? How can you satisfy someone who isn’t hungry and thirsty? How can you see God if you are not pure in heart? How can you expect to be a Christian and not walk the Sermon on the Mount?
If A means jump and B let’s you throw those little fireballs in Mario, you can’t expect B to mean jump even though you push the button and scream and throw the controller and pitch a fit. A still means jump. Call me narrow minded, ignorant, or stupid, but A still means jump. Then let’s apply that to Matthew 5:3, Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The Poor in Spirit get the kingdom of heaven. You can’t expect to attain the kingdom of heaven if you are not poor in spirit. If you aren’t empty how can you expect to be filled? Call me narrow minded, ignorant, or stupid, but that’s the truth.
So with that in mind, how can anyone say that the Sermon on the Mount doesn’t apply today? A still means jump in Mario, and God has never changed. Reality is reality.