If the Devil were to write his Beatitudes, they would probably go something like this:
Blessed are those who are too tired, too busy, too distracted to spend an hour once a week with their fellow Christians in Church – they are my best workers.
Blessed are those Christians who wait to be asked and expect to be thanked – I can use them.
Blessed are the touchy, with a bit of luck they may stop going to church – they are my missionaries.
Blessed are those who are very religious but get on everyone’s nerves – they are mine forever.
Blessed are the troublemakers – they shall be called my children.
Blessed are those who have no time to pray – they are easy prey for me.
Blessed are the gossipers – for they are my secret agents.
Blessed are those critical of church leadership – for they shall inherit a place with me in my fate.
Blessed are the complainers – I’m all ears for them.
Blessed are you when you read this and think it is about other people and not yourself – I’ve got you.