It really is a revolutionary concept, presented toward the end of the Lord’s Prayer taught by Jesus of Nazareth.
To invoke God’s kingdom on earth as well as in heavenly spiritual expanses takes us way beyond nationalities, social status, even economics. It transcends our experience in everyday relationships. It’s a call for justice and peace, especially.
The idea of kingdom is, of course, unfathomable for Americans, as is a dictatorship or any other form of authoritarian rule. We can try to translate it as commonwealth, dominion, realm, or sphere, each with its own limitations. The Blessed Community comes closest for me.
Some of us take this seriously. What steps can we take to bring this closer? How do we honor the creation we’ve been given? How does governing by love rather than fear really appear?
It’s something we can take baby steps toward in our families and local congregations. It’s not always easy, but we need practice.
I find it a more engaging approach to following Jesus than the question, “Are you saved?”
Especially with the kicker, “as your personal lord and savior.”
I believe the concept of Living into the Kingdom is more essential than the Resurrection.
Yes, that is startling, even as I write it.
But it is also of the here-and-now.
How are you Living into the Kingdom?