Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.”Luke 17:20-21
Much ink has been spilled, many wars fought, and countless Facebook posts made over this issue of the kingdom of God. That particular term may not have been used, but the issue of who’s in and who’s out has been the stuff of human debate since we plodded out of the primordial ooze. That’s human consciousness – hello human – focusing on outer survival, fearful that there might not be enough. Fear causes us to fixate on smallness, meanness, and exclusion and call it religion. It isn’t. It is a destructive kind of tribalism – “God likes us but not you.” This type of thinking becomes the excuse for dehumanizing others and creating structures that exclude and harm.
In the 21st century, we are onto the scam. Not that we are the first ones to spot it. There have been people in every age who knew. And not that we are over it. We have a long, long way to go. What is new is that the awareness of the divinity in ourselves and in every person is unfolding as never before. Through our electronic screens we see with unprecedented speed and clarity what is happening in other neighborhoods in our own community and on distant continents. It is no longer hidden that we are all human beings with the same longings, aspirations, joys, and sorrows. Things are not getting worse, facts are getting uncovered. And because of that, the spiritual Truth that we are all one, sisters and brothers on a beautiful planet, is becoming as plain as the nose on your face.
What a privilege to have been called to live in this time. It is both rough and scary, and exaltingly inspiring. It is an honor to step into our individual and collective responsibility to participate in the bringing forth of the kingdom of God. How do you spot it? It’s the place where everybody belongs.
This June we celebrate PRIDE Month honoring the courage, beauty, and belonging of all people identifying in the LGBTQI community. You will be enriched by Unity minister Rev. Dr. Temple Hays’ personal story “I’m an Original Creation.” She shares how she as a gay woman found true belonging by embracing her unique self. Thank you, Rev. Dr. Temple for showing us what it takes to bring forth the kingdom of God.
In the Love and Light of the Living Christ,