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The Subversive Nature of the KOG

February 26, 2012

As I was preparing this week’s topic “Jesus the King and His Kingdom on earth,” I was struck by so many thoughts that just wouldn’t fit into a Sunday sermon.  One word that came back again and again was “subversive.”  Now I recognize that subversive is probably not the most holy sounding word within our vocabulary, but when we realize the suffering condition of the world at large today, the health of the Church on whole, the growing physical and social menace to Christians, and ever-increasing philosophies of this age denying Absolute Truth and idolizing hedonism – I feel it safe to say that the Kingdom of God is subversive.  To say that Jesus is King, not just Tomorrow but Today, should lead a believer into doing some crazy stuff for Jesus.  And indeed, we see that in the lives of many.  However, even more Christians fail to recognize what His Kingdom on earth should mean in their day-to-day life.  Os Guinness said, “God has His people where He wants them.  The problem is that they are not being His people where they are.

Our society today is in a giant whirlpool and we seem to be going around in circles but at en ever-increasing rate of speed all the while being drawn into a vortex that will suck the life out of us.  Solomon said, “There’s nothing new under the sun,” but what he failed to mention is that we will be going faster and deeper each time around.  Ours is not the first society that has seen profound dissension between the people and its government, ours is not the first to see hedonism on center stage in ways that would shame our parents, ours is not the first to the violence of anger and the violence of injustices.  But at each epoch, God calls His Church to be “in but not of” the world, and this not mean the “super-Christians” to unveil their capes and rescue the poor & suffering, but for each and every one to grasp the hand of whom is next to him/her and draw them into still waters.

Jesus’ words and His Kingdom are subversive.  They are out-and-out contrary and frankly, traitorous, to the established treacherous, deceitful and evil regime that grows across national borders and in & through the hearts of men.  When we proclaim that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords, we must be prepared to live that out in our workspace and in our choice of entertainment.  Many believe that the Kingdom of God will come one day and that we will all go and “be with Jesus.”  But if that’s the case, why did Jesus command us to pray that His Kingdom would come, why do we read that the New Jerusalem will come down from heaven and be with us here on Earth?  No, our life’s purpose should be to see His Kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven, now.  Certainly we can’t consummate heaven on Earth until Jesus returns, which He will, but we can work to prepare His Bride to be without spot or blemish to the best of our ability by His grace and mercy.

I’ve added a link in the next column to Darrow Miller’s Monday Church Project, which has some great books and bible studies, some studies in PDF to download for people of differing professions.  So that we can each one bring His Kingdom to our locale with His help for His Glory.

Therefore, be Christ where you live and work.  Be subversive by forgiving those who hate you, blessing those that curse you, going the extra mile, turning the cheek, and just putting Jesus first in all you do so that we may proclaim by our lives and words – Jesus is the King of kings Today!

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