There are three Kingdoms to which one can belong: the kingdom of good, the kingdom of evil, and the Kingdom of God. Both the kingdom of good and the kingdom of evil are enemies of the Kingdom of God. Interestingly, a good kingdom delivered Europe from an evil kingdom, and when it was all over, Europe became post-Christian. Conversely, think of all the pockets of the Kingdom of God that can be found in countries long ruled by evil kingdoms, where no good kingdom stepped in to deliver the people.
I WONDER HOW OUR VOTE MAKES MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
The politicians are going out of their way to show us how compassionate they are. Admittedly there is injustice and atrocities not only in this country but in the world. These same “compassionate” politicians do nothing to change the behavior of the people who participate in injustice and atrocities. It could be concluded that “good” people only point out the behavior of bad people to make themselves look and feel better.
IS IT INTERESTING THAT JESUS, IN THE MIDST OF THE ROMAN SYSTEM, SAID NOTHING ABOUT IT?
In the midst of slavery, abortion, taxation, the annihilation of cultures, and unjust government, He said nothing. Instead, He emphasized the Kingdom of God. He was not fighting evil with good. In fact, He equally resisted evil and good (Phariseeism) with the Kingdom of God. I believe that we must decide how we will live in whatever world that we happen to be thrust. We can live in an evil kingdom and return good for evil. We can live in a good kingdom and make sure evil is punished with evil, or we can live in the Kingdom of God, returning good for evil.
Jesus could see clearly the Invisible Kingdom, and He has given us the capacity to see the same. When we see what he sees, our priorities change. We cannot be bothered by (if it is true) the depleting ozone layer to the extent that it would take us from our mission that has eternal significance.
It can be quite annoying to turn on the television and be told by the unbelieving world what needs to be utmost significant to us, when their whole outlook revolves around such things as gun control, freedom of speech, freedom from religion, equality, expressions of discrimination, whales and more.
Then there are the methods that are guaranteed to fix all the problems: education, understanding, ribbons, walks, and money. It is said that the world is as close to hell as a believer will ever come and as close to heaven as an unbeliever will ever come. The world is all the unbelievers have. If they want to keep it nice, improve it to suit themselves, and throw their lives into working for what is ineffective, they should. I read about a South American politician who stole one billion dollars. My response, “Is that all? Since he is probably going to hell anyway, he really should have taken more!”
JESUS IS THE ISSUE, AND EVERYTHING ELSE IS A NON-ISSUE, FOR IT WILL CEASE TO EXIST ON THE DAY THAT EVERY KNEE BOWS. NOTHING ELSE WILL MATTER. THE WORLD LOVES ITSELF AND ITS OWN, BECAUSE THAT IS ALL IT HAS. THE WORLD HAS NOTHING IN HIM AND HE IN IT!
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