Not a Cause, but a Kingdom

jesusthorns.jpgSometimes we hear people — and we ourselves — talk about “the cause of Christ.”
But the faith is not a cause, but a kingdom.
Used in this sense, a cause is “(a) a principle or movement militantly defended or supported (b) a charitable undertaking .”
A cause can be lost or won; the kingdom of God has always had the upper hand.
A cause is the object of our support; the kingdom is upheld by the omnipotence of God.
A cause appears because someone puts forth a challenging principle and people rally behind it; the kingdom was in the mind of God before the foundation of the world and will reveal its final manifestation as an eternal kingdom.
A cause is limited in its appeal; times change, interests shift, cultures evolve. The kingdom calls to every person, male or female, rich or poor, of every nation, in every age.
Causes are manifold and compete for support and funds; the kingdom is monolithic, singular, unopposed.
A cause has behind it human thought and effort; the kingdom belongs to God. A cause prizes achievement; the kingdom rests on a crown of thorns.
Not to be critical, mind you, but the Bible doesn’t talk about the cause of Christ. It says much, however, of the Kingdom of Christ and God (Ephesians 5:5).
Let us, therefore, live and work and strive for his Kingdom.
“For thus an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be richly provided for you” (2 Peter 1:11, NET).

The Bible doesn’t talk about “the cause of Christ.”

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