The Proclamation

The Proclamation of Christianity is the Kingdom – here and now. It is not the church.  It is not afterlife.  It is not moralism or theological debate or sacrament. While all these have their place, they are not and never were the point.  The point was the Kingdom- not the figurative Jerusalem evacuated to space but the settling of the Kingdom onto this earth.

The legacy of the Kingdom tales through the Old Testament.  Read these words from Jeremiah 9: 23: 24.

Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom, or the strong man boast of his strength, or the rich man boast of his riches….
… he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindnessjustice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight.

The conflicted heart of God holds up for our observation in words thousands of years old two conflicting triads – one ours’ and one God’s – wisdom, strength, and riches in opposition to kindness, justice, and righteousness.

The Kingdom is the Proclamation.  It is a Proclamation that finds itself more comfortable with poetry and sacrifice than with tight theological rationalizations and formulas that all too often partake of our own intellectual puffery vs. God’s call. It is wearisome to talk about.  And we all fall so ready for it – for talking about.  How many times however have we met or talked or written even and left that event – whatever that event might have been – and from that place furthered the triad of the Kingdom – kindness, justice, and righteousness?   If we are candid, the times are painfully few.  Read the lines – knowing God is not knowing about.  It is knowing kindness, justice, and righteousness.

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