Is it possible the question we are asking, how should we, the royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), act in order to change the world isn’t the right question? On one hand that transformation of this world has already been accomplished, at Calvary. Rather, the proper question is how are we, that royal priesthood, going to live out the time set aside by the Triune God until that redemption, begun so very long ago, is fully realized.
Seeking to realize the Kingdom, here and now, is simply not possible. God has exposed in His word, the inherent dangers involved in earthly rule, the line can be traced from Babel, to the judges, the monarchy, through the Gospels – remember how Jesus withdrew when He sensed the crowd was seeking to name Him king right then and there in John 6:15,
Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
We cannot ultimately effect a fundamental shift – and in particular the fundamental shift that will be realized at the Eschaton. All we can do is actively participate in the unfolding narrative, acting as the salt and the light if you will, and offer up alternatives in an on-going conversation – that is our humanly lot.
What is the alternative to be offered up here? I am afraid that offering grace to those who seemingly don’t deserve it is not very high on the list of choices we’d make. Yet the question to be asked is whether grace had been offered before all of that terror, would it have made all the difference? Not offering it leaves the terror. Looking at all of this from the perspective of Calvary, the answer should be clear.
What do you think?
Be blessed and be a blessing.