On Converting the Culture and Shaping Society.

I’ve been reminded by some friends that I’m falling behind in my Kingdomology posts and they’re right.  Why the delay?  Well it’s partially because I’ve had a ton of irons in the fire. But I have to admit that it’s also because I’ve just been meditating a lot on the present spiritual environment of the American culture since the presidential election last month. The root of my observation is not centered on the victory of Obama over Romney, but rather something deeper. The simple truth is that the American culture we know today is light years away from what the writers of the Mayflower Compact envisioned for this new land. Obviously America still enjoys more religious freedom than most countries on the globe especially when you think of places like China or the Middle East.  But the American culture at large appears to be mirroring the Roman Empire of the first century much more than the philosophy of the Pilgrims.

Now I’m not saying that the Pilgrims were perfect nor am I suggesting that we should go back to their religious dress code or imitate their legalism. Indeed they got off track in many areas like we all do. But there was something different in their core nature that is missing today in so many camps. (more…)

Above the Change.

Today the United States will change. After Americans go to the polls and ultimately the Electoral College vote is cast, one direction or the other will be set in motion. Either the governmental philosophy of President Obama will be fully confirmed or the direction of Governor Romney will set another course.  Either way, we are looking at monumental change.  I have friends who are cheering for each side of this debate. I have friends from all across the political spectrum who will either be throwing a party tonight or settling in for a somber night’s sleep. Indeed this is a serious election.  But after you go to the polls, here are two main principles followers of Jesus Christ need to keep in mind at the end of the day.  (more…)

Pondering Politics and Piety. Part I.

Well we’re just a couple of days away from a huge election here in the US and I figured now was a good time to address an issue that a lot of folks are thinking about: how are true followers of Christ to respond to political issues?  While political discussions are not the purpose of Kingdomology, we still live on this side of eternity and we do move in and out of political relations as with any other aspect of day to day life.  Authentic followers of Christ don’t shut themselves up in a monastery, but rather engage the world around them with the love of Jesus.  So with that, I want to start this discussion by addressing a serious misunderstanding which is rampant in our day of Politics verses Piety.  (more…)