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February 15, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Quotes on Gods Kingdom–Upside Down Kingdom Quotes

Upside Down Kingdom:

Kingdom living is fundamentally social. It involves membership,
citizenship, loyalties, and identity. Citizenship in a kingdom
entails relationships, policies, obligations, boundaries, and expectations.
These dimensions of kingdom life supersede the whims of
individual experience. Kingdom membership clarifies a citizen’s
relationship to the king, to other citizens, and to other kingdoms.
Living in a kingdom means sharing in its history and helping to
shape its future.

Although a kingdom is a social order beyond any person, individuals
do make choices about kingdoms. We embrace or reject
them. We serve or mock them. We enter kingdoms and leave them.
We pledge our allegiance to them and turn our backs on them.

Upside Down Kingdom:

The values and norms of our society become so deeply
ingrained in our minds that we find it difficult to imagine alternatives.
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus presents the kingdom as a new
order breaking in upon, and overturning, old ways, old values, old
assumptions. If it does anything, the kingdom of God shatters the
assumptions which govern our lives. As kingdom citizens we can’t
assume that things are right just because “that’s the way they are.”
The upside-down perspective focuses the points of difference
between God’s kingdom and the kingdoms of the world

Upside Down Kingdom:

Spiritual realities do involve great mysterious truths. They
include our beliefs about God, salvation, and the mysterious working
of God’s Spirit. Social realities, on the other hand, point us to
mundane concerns—houses, friends, salary, recreation, and our
need for love, creativity, and happy relationships.

A false split between spiritual and social leads to a warped reading
of the Scripture. It tempts us to turn Jesus’ message into sweet,
spiritualized syrup. Such a twist can dilute the truth, making it
harmless. We marvel at the atoning death of Jesus but forget that it
came about because he demonstrated a new way of living.

In fact any gospel without feet isn’t gospel. God’s love for the
world produced social action. God didn’t just sit in a great theological
rocking chair and muse about loving the world. God acted. God
entered social affairs—in human form. Through Jesus, God lived in
a real social environment. Jesus in essence disclosed God’s social
habits. In the incarnation, the spiritual became social.

Upside Down Kingdom:

Not only do inner feelings and motives have social roots, they
have social ramifications. Feelings of despair affect how we treat
others. Jesus pinpointed how even private attitudes impact other
persons. Hating someone in your heart, he said, is equivalent to
murder; sexual lust is tantamount to adultery.

Inner feelings and emotions aren’t sealed off from other people.
They emerge out of social experience and shape our actions toward
others. It’s difficult to think of any so-called character traits outside
of a social context. Someone stranded on a desert island might
ponder the meaning of integrity, honesty, and meekness but would
find them hollow words apart from other people. If Jesus had cared
only about internal character, he could have spent all his time in a
wilderness retreat lecturing on the virtues of inner harmony

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