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Bending, twisting, and looking for an upside kingdom

May 13, 2007

With all the teachings and information we receive it is rare that specifics of a lesson or retreat subject stay with you over time, however when I was in college we did a weekend retreat on the Kingdom of God. It was defined to us as the “upside down kingdom” because of messages such as: the first will be last, a baby came as the king/leader, and the power of the kingdom comes through love not power and domination. That retreat shaped a lot about my understanding of God, his character, and his ways.

We are talking about the Kingdom of God this week at church. I have been reflecting back on all I know about the kingdom and reading what the Bible says about it. How do we relate to the Kingdom of God? If the Kingdom of God is an “upside down kingdom”, then can we see, understand and relate to it while being right side up? Do we need to be twisted and turned upside down to understand?

I believe there is a huge growing problem in how we are approaching God and trying to understand him in the world today. Rather than allowing God to take us, twist us, and turn us upside down so that we are changed, we are taking God and his word and twisting it to fit into our world and our understanding. Instead of learning about the Kingdom of God, too often our efforts are to create the “kingdom of us” and invite God to come visit.

It reminds me of a scene from the movie The Matrix where a young boy is holding a spoon in his hand, and bending it with his mind.

Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon boy: There is no spoon.
Neo: There is no spoon?
Spoon boy: Then you’ll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

Are we ready to be bent, twisted, and turned upside down in order to understand God and his kingdom?

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