Do you know there are thousands of individual ministries and foundations that are working separately and many times alone to build the Kingdom of God in the Western world? They are separated by language, customs, the Bible they read, the doctrines they follow, and even the attitudes presented by the men and women who lead those organizations. It is as though everyone is working to achieve the same goal by doing their own thing without any collective support but that which they have been able to earn by their own work and effort. These organizations are working as Lone Rangers riding alone in the wild west with a horse and only one friend, (Tonto.)
How well is it really working out? Each generation of children since 1963 has a greater percentage of professing Agnostics and Atheists. Our country is nearly equally divided. Each election for the last 20 years has become increasingly polarized. Liberals are becoming more antagonistic against Conservatives. It appears that the current strategy is really not working out to build the Kingdom of God.
Conservatives have become isolated from liberals. That is part of the polarization process. But in the process we have also disavowed many old friends and family members that are proven liberal. We have cut off communication and no longer associate with them. At the same time, they may have done the same because they just don’t want to hear about God, and they don’t care about the things God has done for us. So we are no longer an example of God’s love and concern for our lives, we can’t show them that God is real and living.
Look at what Ellen Degeneres has been forced to do. Yes, she is liberal, yes, she is a lesbian, yes, she is a vocal celebrity. But she is also a human being with both conservative and liberal friends and has the absolute right to live her life in the way she chose to live it. Liberals have condemned her for having a conservative friend in George Bush. Conservatives condemn her for being liberal. There is no need for her to endure condemnation simply for being independent, individual, and human. I applaud her for speaking up and defending her right to have anyone as her friend whether they are liberal or conservative. She is a catalyst for good will friendship and open communication between liberals and conservatives.
We, as conservatives, can learn by her example, (as well as liberals.) We can learn how to become a catalyst for the Kingdom of God by becoming more inclusive and less divisive of one another. We need to learn how to support one another and still respect the goals, doctrines, and desires our brother in Christ has for their own ministry or organization. We may even need to consider the merits of the ideas that a liberal would bring up to us. We can become a catalyst for proving God is real, God is love, and God is a miracle working God of Power through our lives, our love, and our example. That is one of the reasons why I wrote “Rules for Radical Christians.” I can’t be an active part of your life and ministry when I don’t know you. But I know the information presented in this book will benefit your ministry because we both follow the same Lord, Jesus Christ, worship the same God, The Creator and Father, and have the same connection, The Holy Spirit. Maybe this book can become a catalyst for building the Kingdom of God in all our conservative lives and organizations.