This week our guest blogger is UUMC's Minister of Young Adult and Cross-Cultural Ministries, Chris Nkemba Ndjungu.
“Repent for the kingdom of God is NEAR!” says the voice crying out in the desert.
“Repent for the kingdom of God is HERE!” says the voice returning from the desert.
John the Baptist called people to ready themselves for the kingdom of God which was on its way and Jesus informed people that the kingdom of God had indeed arrived. Today, we Christians refer to ourselves as co-laborers with Christ to further the kingdom of God. This is because we believe that the kingdom of God is already here and has been for quite some time.
It is therefore not our job, duty, or responsibility to bring about the kingdom of God; but it is indeed our privilege to be instruments of God in the furthering of the kingdom.
But, what exactly is the kingdom of God, you may be wondering. How do we know that we are in fact contributing to the furthering of the kingdom? What does the kingdom look like? The kingdom of God is a community where Shalom – i.e. comprehensive communal wellbeing – prevails.
Expressed through the age-old wisdom tradition of parables:
The kingdom of God is like a town where a young man was gunned down by a police officer and the police department mishandled the incident. Many came to the scene of the shooting and were appalled by what they saw and refused to be silent. So Blacks joined together with Whites, Asians, Hispanics, and people all races and creeds and together they marched towards the armed police officers who had their guns trained on them. When they reached said officers, the latter laid down their weapons, put their hands up in the air, and joined the community in chanting “Hands up! Don’t Shoot!”