“The Kingdom is God’s total answer to man’s total need.”
– E. Stanley Jones
With each opportunity to teach the Kingdom I become increasingly convinced of two things: That the Kingdom is God’s answer to every human need, and that the church’s abandonment of the kingdom is the single greatest tragedy of modern times.
- Is the problem poverty? The kingdom is the answer.
- Is the problem crime? The kingdom is the answer.
- Is the problem hopelessness? The Kingdom is the answer.
- Is the problem greed? War? Racism? Broken families? Government corruption? The kingdom is the answer.
As long as the church holds forth the kingdom as the great plan of the ages, mankind has a hope, a plan, and a light to illuminate every problem. But when the church replaced “Thy kingdom come” with “Come quickly Lord” a vacuum ensued that sent history into chaos.
And nature, of course, abhors a vacuum. We abandoned kingdom hope and fell into despair. We abandoned kingdom compassion and opened the way to Marxism. We stepped away from the arts and funneled our gifts into self-entertainment, (“Christian concerts”, “Christian films”, and “Christian music”), to discover decency had fled our theaters and concert halls. We forgot the Kingdom call to steward nature and are reaping an environment that is strained and abused by consumerism and neglect. We deserted God’s government of the heart, (love, generosity, conscience, and personal responsibility), and inherited a behemoth state that strains to regulate everything from the words we use to the light bulbs we buy.
The way out of our mess is exactly as it was in Jesus day: to repent and embrace the kingdom, to seek the kingdom, to pray for the kingdom, and to make the kingdom our daily priority and pearl of great price.