Several years ago, I spoke in a morning meeting in a conference. At lunch, the host pastor, who was normally personable, funny and talkative, sat across from me. He leaned toward me with the expression of a Nazi interrogator. Clinching his teeth, he said, “Kathy, are you Kingdom Now?” Since it looked like he was about to crawl over that table, I was desperately trying to think of a good answer, but I had no idea what the man was talking about. I didn’t know if “Kingdom Now” was a condition or a denomination or a sacrilege, but from His menacing tone, I did deduce that it was 1) a touchy topic and 2) the fight was on! There I was without a helmet or a mouth guard and already in the ring in round one! He went into a tirade telling me that people are heretics if they think any part of heaven could come into this wicked, sinful, deteriorating earth that is only going to get worse and worse until Jesus comes. Then he went on to list some of his personal woes that contradicted any possibility of God’s Kingdom being present in the earth now! I sat there blinking, trying to recall what I had said that morning to bring on such an outburst and I wondered if he could even pray, Thy Kingdom come.
If we have a subconscious someday in our thinking that makes the Kingdom ONLY reachable SOMEDAY “in the sweet bye and bye”, everything is distorted, our hope, our faith, our Life, our purpose and our heritage. That “thinking” blatantly contradicts the presence and purpose of JESUS Christ in His ministry on the earth. He demonstrated the Kingdom by healing and delivering people and telling them, “The Kingdom has come upon you.” He told them to repent, for the Kingdom is at hand, meaning that we must think differently so we can realize the power and will of God are within reach, now.
(This is the third excerpt from Kathy’s article “Thy Kingdom Come“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)