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Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:17:51 +0000hourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.13By: Roan Rickard
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:12:38 +0000http://roanrickard.com/?p=256#comment-1224Thank you for sharing your perspective on the culture of the kingdom of God. We are fortunate to be part of that culture. I must be the worlds worst salesman because I have the world’s greatest product, God’s greatest gift to share and I seem not to be able even to give it away. God bless you.
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Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:51:58 +0000http://roanrickard.com/?p=256#comment-1223Many times in my life through the last several years I have repeated that, perhaps, the driving principle of my life is, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, I can have fellowship with you.” Roman’s 10:9 my paraphrase. To me that is the essence of the Kingdom of God. Whether you worship on the Sabbath or the Lord’s Day; if you sprinkle, pour over. or immerse; if Mary went to heaven still a virgin or not; whether the communion elements become actual flesh and blood, flesh and blood are in, with, and under bread and wine, or the elements are simply symbolic; whether the Gifts of the Spirit are active today or not; we can argue until Jesus returns; unless he already did at Pentecost(which Paul denied in Thessalonians by the way). If we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead we are brothers and sisters. Siblings fight among themselves. When attacked from the outside they tend to stand united. There are too many enemies out side the Kingdom of God for us to argue within it. The secularization of western culture beginning in the seventeenth century was partially a reaction to the bloody feuding in the Kingdom since the beginning of the reformation. It was fueled by the scientific revolution that threw into question the assumptions rooted in Medieval ignorance and fueled by an egocentric church that would not accept the smallness of earth and human kind. That we are a brief species living on a small planet orbiting an ordinary star in a mediocre galaxy only enhances the immensity of God’s love in becoming one of us and dying for our sins. The secularization also disguises the fact that the overwhelming majority of society never gave more than passing lip service to the moral principles taught my Moses and Jesus. I credit modern western civilization with the honesty of admitting that it has rejected those moral standards rather than claiming them in between cranking off “natural children”, murdering when it seemed expedient, and working ninety percent of the population to death to the aggrandizement of the top one percent. At least much of 21st century culture is honest enough to admit that they are living for themselves instead of paying them lip service while the god of their heart is money, pleasure, and power.
I survey 21st century culture in the light of 5000 years of recorded history and we are neither better nor worse than those who went before us. We have this in common, we are hell bound if we do not claim the washing of the Blood of Jesus. Those of us who do claim the Blood are required to love each other. Jesus spent much time elaborating upon and explaining the commandments given through Moses. Jesus himself only gave us one commandment. “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 That is the essence of Kingdom of God culture. We are to love one another. Being a good rabbi he repeated it three times. That was the Hebrew convention for, “Hey dummy if you do not get anything else get this.”
Yes we are stuck in this world. More importantly we are not of this world. I tend to say, “Have a blessed day.” Instead of saying, “Have a good day.” My daughters chided me that it made people uncomfortable. I contend that comes under the category of their problem. If we are living for Jesus, according to Kingdom of God culture, we will make the people of the world uncomfortable. Hopefully sufficiently that some of them will come to faith. Is it easy? No, it is hard. A person could get crucified. Oh yea, someone did.