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Frustrated? Discouraged? How You Can Change Our Culture

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Are you concerned about the direction things are going in our nation . . . in our culture? Do the problems seem overwhelming? Would you like to see things change?

The answer’s within reach. The answer will encourage and empower you. 

In Luke chapter 17, the Pharisees (arrogant, self-righteous religious leaders) asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come.

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20-21

To fully understand this, you need a little history. Stick with me!

  • Adam and Eve rebelled against God. Natural consequences followed. Their relationship with God was broken. Suffering and death became a reality for all mankind.
  • God revealed his plan to bring a Messiah (Jesus) who would reconcile man to God.
  • God chose the “people” (lineage) who the Messiah would come from. He gave them rules and boundaries for right living. They were pitiful at it, but God knew they would be. Those standards were meant to help them recognize their need for a Savior.
  • During those years of waiting for Jesus to arrive, there was a time when Israel was a very powerful and prosperous nation under King David. Because of their constant rebellion against God, he eventually allowed Israel to be conquered and oppressed by foreign nations.
  • The people remembered (and lamented) the glory days under King David. They believed that when God brought a Messiah, he would be a political-military leader who would restore them to those glory days.

When Jesus finally came, the Romans were in power. Many of the Jewish people believed the kingdom of God would be a literal physical kingdom in their time. The “Messiah” would lead them in battle and bring their freedom as a nation. Jesus wasn’t a political-military leader so they rejected him. 

Jesus told the Pharisees the kingdom of God was in their midst. He was the Messiah who could bring the kingdom. If they acknowledged him as the Messiah, the kingdom would come.

The “kingdom of God” is the reign of God in the human heart.

According to the Barna Group, not many are giving him free reign. Christians (with few exceptions) typically exhibit the same behavior (sexual immorality, gambling, etc.) as those outside the faith. No difference.

Today, a lot of Christians think the solution is to Christianize our government and other organizations when what we need to do is “Christianize” ourselves. As Jesus pointed out, the kingdom of God isn’t in governments, buildings, churches, or militaries. It’s in you.

Bottom line – If you want to change our culture, allow Christ to reign freely in you. Abandon all that you are to all that he is. No more resisting, controlling, and limiting God’s access.

Do this and his character, compassion, and values will become evident in you.  

Your choices and actions as Christ lives in you have a tremendous impact on the world. Never underestimate that.

So it’s really quite simple. The solution to our world’s problems? Christ living his life freely through you. So there’s hope!

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20

It’s an honor to have you step through the “doors” of The Warming House. Thanks for being here and come back soon. I’ll leave the light on for you!

Lisa~

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