Christians have been expecting the Kingdom of God to be ushered in ever since Jesus left the earth. We’re always being told that “the end is near” — often around anniversary dates (centuries, millennia, etc.) We tend to forget that the calendar dating we use is approximate at best, so maybe midnight in New York on January 1st, 2000 was an unreasonable moment to expect the first trumpet to sound.
So, what’s taking so long? I think we need to stop waiting for God to handle this problem and do it ourselves, as Jesus told us to.
The Kingdom of God (please keep in mind my comments on the gender bias of this phrase) will appear on the earth when a critical mass of people have accepted the deeper truth of Christianity. This will naturally happen because when people are filled with the Spirit of God then they are not going to do evil things. We’re failing in this task because too many people are still promulgating the folk art version of Christianity, which misses the point of Jesus’s message.
I’m not sure we will ever be able to achieve the kingdom. If you want to lose all of your hope for humanity, just spend 10 minutes on Twitter. Right now, anyone of faith is being shouted down in an attempt to intimidate us. They are working in a pack, picking us off one by one until we are all in a stifled silence.
I think we need to stand up and say we’re not going to take it anymore. One way we can do that is to support faith-based schools. We have to counteract the effects of atheist-based schooling that we all pay for and yet discriminates against Christians.
Then the LORD said to us, ‘Get moving.’Deuteronomy 2:13 (New Living Translation)
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