Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Kingdom of God Vs The Kingdom of Caesar

The kingdom of Caesar sought peace through violence, exerted fear as a weapon in order to control, and used a cross as the ultimate intimidator to force people to submit to the kingdom.

The Kingdom of Caesar thrived by crushing, spilling blood, and flogging and it belonged to the rich, the strong, and those who showed no mercy. It used its power to oppress and hold others captive.

The kingdom of Caesar appeared as a mighty force, using strength and death to rule and conquer the world.

The Kingdom of God seeks peace by loving its enemies, demolishes fear by turning swords into plowshares, and uses a cross as the ultimate example of grace, inviting people to enter into the Kingdom.

The Kingdom of God thrives by being crushed, bleeding, and broken and is inherited by the least of these, the poor, the meek, and the merciful. It gives up its power in order to set the captive free.

The Kingdom of God seems foolish, using weakness to conquer death and to reconcile and restore all of creation.

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