The essence of the Kingdom of Heaven

As I have reflected on the demythologizing of my evangelical life, I have not stopped on the “deconstruction” side. I have asked for a reconstruction of the essentials of the Kingdom.

THIS comes up so often I find it essential to the Kingdom of God:

Psalm 146:6–9 (NIV): He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
he remains faithful forever.
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
8 the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the foreigner
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

Where are my eyes? Where is my attention? If I am truly a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven, truly a disciple of Christ, my attention is on the marginalized. This is the ongoing essence of the Kingdom of Heaven.

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