Christianity is not some “feel-good” inner spirituality. It is not some rescue operation for to save us from some horrible fate which occurs after death. It is not merely a religion which promotes social improvement projects. Christianity is the announcement of the gospel. But what exactly is the gospel? To be sure the gospel includes an element of inner spirituality. The scriptures are clear that Christ came to rescue us from sin and the second death. We are commanded to take care of the poor and the social outcasts (James 1:27). Yet, this is not what the gospel is. These are all consequences of the gospel. These are things which should happen because of the gospel. So, what is the gospel?
The gospel is the announcement that God’s along awaited, justice bringing, and creation restoring kingdom is here (Col 2:10). It is the redefining of power of and authority to claim that the world is now under a theocracy. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live, Jesus is now the king of the world. This kingdom is a present reality and challenges the status quo. Certainly, you don’t have to believe this kingdom is real. You don’t have to want to be a citizen of the kingdom. You don’t even have to like the kingdom. All of which is your right. However, your right does not nullify the reality of the kingdom. IT IS REAL!
So, what does this mean for us who choose to be a part of this kingdom. It means we are included in its establishment. It means that we are called to hold governments to accountability. It means we, too, are to announce the theocracy of Jesus to family, friends, strangers, and government officials. It means we are to work to bring about God’s social justice and equality. It means we have the authority to achieve this end (Matt 28:18; Rom 8:17).
The question still remains: how are we to achieve this end? We are to be the meek. We are to be the ones who thirst and hunger for God’s justice. We are to be the comforted mourners. We are to be the persecuted We are to be the mercy obtaining merciful. We are to be the peaceful children of God (Matt 5:1-12). In short, we are to be the evidence of God’s faithfulness (2 Cor 5:21). We are to announce Jesus is Lord!