The State of the Kingdom of Heaven

Karen Horst Cobb has sent another powerful email this morning from Every Church a Peace Church. Soon after 9/11 as we began to embark on endless war in this country I read a powerful piece in which the writer asked whether we had a cross on top of the flag or a flag on top of the cross. It’s still a koan worth considering.

After listening to the State of the Union Address this week I imagined what issues a “State of the Kingdom of Heaven ” speech might address. This is the context of this week’s meditation. This weeks scriptures are :

“No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of heaven. Luke 9:62

“The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons (and daughters) of the kingdom….Matthew 13:38

A State of the Kingdom Address

Ladies and Gentleman, we are a people who have pledged our allegiance to a kingdom which is not of this world. We are a citizenry who lives within a borderless land. As we seek first the Kingdom of Heaven we sense her mysteries. We have been taught that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a well plowed field and that anyone who has put the hand to the plow, but then looks back, is not up to the calling of citizenship. If we remain committed to those things we feel we are losing, we can not walk in faith. Like good seeds we birth, in faith, the Kingdom here on earth. We continue to experience these principles when our spirits pass on. We are not only born of flesh and blood but of water and of Spirit. Our Kingdom is not about eating and drinking but it is of righteousness, peace, and Joy. The Kingdom of Heaven is in the past, the present and the future. We are first and foremost citizens of an eternal kingdom. Read more here.

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