The Beatitudinal Leader

In the history of the church, moral teachings often flow from the seven deadly sins and the seven virtues. The seven deadlies are wrath, avarice, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. The seven virtues tend to be chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness and humility. One might reasonably ask where such lists come from and the answer is “lots of places, including the Bible.” So one thinks of the listings one finds in the Ten Commands or in Micah 5 or in Proverbs 6 or in Galatians 5. In the Christian tradition, while these virtues and vices applied to all Christians (and non-Christians in God’s mind), they were especially to be the case with pastors and priests and bishops and deacons.

But there’s another list at work as well, the Beatitudes of Matthew 5:3-12.

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