How close is the Kingdom of God?
Some Christians might say very close. So close, in fact, that we should further our political agendas as far as we possibly can. We can take different approaches. On one hand, we can push morality with an unquenchable fire but sacrifice love. On the other hand, we can condemn unloving institutions but sacrifice high moral values in the name of peace. The first is a way of being–when Jesus returns, we will be found fighting for truth, thereby escaping His wrath. The other is a way of change–as soon as we develop a peaceful world, we will have earned God’s love, and He will return to reign.
But what if He already loves us more deeply than we can imagine? What if all His wrath toward us who believe has already been poured out on Jesus? Can we love with no agenda? Can we live in thankfulness, knowing that the forgiveness He offers is entirely sufficient?
Some are working to see the Kingdom come. Some know that it is already here. How about you? Do you ask yourself what the world would be like if it was good? Or what you would be like if you were good? If you truly believe in Jesus’ redeeming work on the cross, you are righteous. I think I’m beginning to understand.
“Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, ‘The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.'”–Luke 17:20-21