FROM THE RECTOR
The kingdoms of this world, and the Kingdom of God
Reflecting on a week of strife and confusion
Finishing our series on the Kingdom of God in a week with such turmoil in the world drove home for me the radical divide between the two Kingdoms: that of the world, and that of God.
We watch as terrorism elicits its intended response of confusion, retaliation, and fear-based aggression, here and around the world. It forces us to face the reality that our governments cannot â€œturn the other cheek.â€ They cannot offer soul-freeing forgiveness, nor elevate reconciliation above personal safety. No human government can (or should) follow Jesus in his call for such priorities. Can we? Should we?
I pray that we can push past the simplistic and hurtful reactions to Islam of some of our fellow Americans, and our responsibility as a nation towards refugees. I hope that we can hear the higher call of Jesus, and the values of the Kingdom of God, leading us to reconciliation, dialogue, and listeningâ€”and above all, to praying for our enemies.
When self-protection makes us see problems instead of seeing people, we need to step back and consider Jesusâ€™ leadership of our lives. Are the values of the Kingdom of God ours? And does our heart truly belong to the Lord of love?