Kingdom Culture

Have you ever noticed that when you travel to a foreign country the culture of the people is often different from the culture you are used to? And the more remote of a location you travel to tends to have even more extreme cultural differences. It might seem strange to us but we generally accept these differences because of the different environments people are raised in. I have found that cultural differences even exist between different churches. This is why you can see God do amazing things in one church and then see nothing supernatural happen at all in other churches. I grew up believing in the supernatural power of God but would only see it on occasion and now I see his power on display all the time. What’s the difference? I changed my culture.

Jesus often used this phrase, “the kingdom of heaven has come near” and I tend to think that he was trying to show the people that the culture of his kingdom is different from the culture they were living in. Kingdom culture is different. It is foreign to those who aren’t familiar to it and it may even look a little strange to those who have not been exposed to it before. We often say things like “this might sound a little weird” when we approach a total stranger to demonstrate God’s love through healing, prophecy, etc. That’s our way of making people feel a little more comfortable with the supernatural but once they have an encounter with God it starts to change their culture and it doesn’t seem so weird anymore.

What we need within the church is a change of the cultural mindset. But changing a cultural mindset, especially within the church, is a tough job. It can’t be forced. It has to be done in a loving way that invites others to explore the more of God that they have been missing out on. God has so much more for all of us and if we would simply embrace the notion that “the kingdom of heaven has come near” we would start to witness even more of what God wants to do in us and through us.

Maybe it’s time for a cultural revolution.

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