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God’s Kingdom Shows Up

One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you’” (Luke 17:20-21, NLT).

Some believe God’s Kingdom is tied to political power. So they elect as many “Christians” as possible to dominate the powers of government. If they can get a majority, their goal is to pass “Christian” laws. This is so they can establish a de facto “Christian” kingdom.

However, Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” Earthly kingdoms use physical force and coercion to get people to do their bidding. The bedrock foundation of God’s Kingdom is free will and personal choice. The last thing God wants is subjects who are coerced into giving Him allegiance.

Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is already among you, or within you.” How is that?

When we embrace His Kingdom’s principles and promote acts of love, justice, forgiveness, and mercy, the Kingdom is diffused and felt in our homes and communities. It will be fully realized when Jesus returns to shut down the earthly kingdoms that focus on selfishness, greed, hate, coercion, and dominance.

In His Kingdom, Jesus elevates the “least of these,” those who are humble and seemingly insignificant. Those who struggle to survive, little children and peacemakers. These become the greatest in God’s sight.

When Jesus returns, at His Second Coming, the kingdoms of this world, including the quasi-Christian kingdoms set up by misguided religionists and zealots, will be destroyed.

Rich DuBose writes from Northern California.

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About Rich DuBose

Rich DuBose

is director of Church Support Services for the Pacific Union Conference.

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