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Crisis and the Kingdom of God

March 23, 2011

It seems that every day as I turn on the news, the violence in our world continues to grow.  Whether that’s in Libya, Syria, Bahrain, Jerusalem or countless other locations around the globe, it seems like a never ending stream.  How are we as Christians to respond to the news we see each day?

There are several approaches we could take.  One is to bury our heads in the sand and hope it doesn’t come here, this is a choice to live in fear and denial.  Many believers make this choice each and every day, choosing to live in isolation from a world that desperately needs what the Kingdom of God has to offer.  This choice leads to an ever shrinking world in the life of the believer.

Another choice is to pick a side and fight for whichever side we choose.  Vilifying entire groups of people and nations for the sake of our own pride.  This is a popular choice as well among believers, listening to only one side and growing to hate those on the other side of the equation.  This “us vs. them” approach leads us to deny that those we are against have any worth or value in this world, and creates a huge disconnect from the mission that Jesus gave us in the Great Commission (Matthew 28).  Again, this choice leads to an ever shrinking world in the life of the believer.

A better choice, I believe, is to choose to follow Jesus in his mission to reconcile the whole world to the Kingdom of God.  The global situation we see unfolding before us each day on the news is too complicated and too important for the citizens of the Kingdom of God to pull away from in fear.  It is a scary and dangerous world, but it has always been a dangerous and scary world for the followers of King Jesus.  But he has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7).  There will be many hardships in the coming days around the world, but we, as citizens of the Kingdom should be moving forth with the life changing message of Jesus into those places of suffering and pain.

So what do we do?  Be informed, pay attention to the things that are happening in our world and make them a matter of fervent prayer.  Stand for what is right in this world, and oppose those who would take away freedom and dignity from people no matter where they live.  Finally, look for ways you can make a difference in the lives of people in your own community.  We are ambassadors for a Kingdom that sets men free, let us take that message across the street in our city and around the world.  Remember, in the end HE WINS!

J

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Brian Goree permalink
    April 10, 2011 6:32 am

    What are some of your favorite news sources that help you stay informed about what is going on in the world?

  2. Jerry Rhodes permalink
    April 17, 2011 6:52 am

    I go to these two sights every day to see what has happened overnight in the world.
    http://www.watch.org
    http://www.raptureready.com

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