(Re-edited from an earlier post)
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 now between those who believe and those who have chosen not to believe in God. 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 to build the Kingdom of God.
Conservatives have become isolated from liberals. Lines of open and honest communication are being severed in favor of promoting separate agendas. 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.
Consider what happened to Ellen Degeneres when she was photographed with former President Bush at a ball game. 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, God given right to live her life in the way she chooses 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. Less divisive, meaning the willingness to allow open communication between believers and leadership of competing Christian churches, even though they have very different beliefs and doctrines concerning Christ. Inclusive, meaning the willingness to honestly consider the objections that liberals have against conservative, God fearing believers. These objections may be irreconcilable differences, but they also reveal what is happening to our culture and what our children must be able to face and overcome to remain believers of God and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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 and your life because we both follow the same Lord, (Jesus Christ), worship the same God, (The Creator and Father of our Lord), 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.
It was written to reveal the tactics used by liberals successfully for the last 75 years. These tactics were taught by Saul Alinsky verbally since 1948, and openly in print since 1972 all over the country and embraced by social activists, both liberal and conservative. However, the tactics are devilish and subversive in nature. Being devilish, they carry spiritual power that conservative Christians need to recognize. When we can recognize devilish power in operation, we are commanded to avoid such devilish operation. If we continue to follow his tactics for social reform, we are complicit in undermining our own Godly agendas for culture reform. We cannot use devilish tactics to accomplish Godly goals. This is the disconnect that conservative, God fearing believers haven’t noticed.
If we really want to change an ungodly culture to point it towards God, we have to use God’s proven tactics. Conservative attempts to impose church doctrine into general culture have always proven faulty. To impose church doctrine into an ungodly or non believing population at large only increases hatred against that doctrine even though the intention is well meaning. God doesn’t expect us to impose His will onto unbelievers, He expects us to prove His power and live His love in such a way that our lives encourage unbelievers to seek Him through us. We have to look at the way the first century church accomplished culture change in its day. We have to return to the recognition of the spiritual battle we are part of and misunderstand so much. This is the purpose of the book below; to reveal the nature of the spiritual war we are fighting and expose the tools and tactics of God that will defeat the ungodly tactics we were employing for the last 75 years.