A Different Kind of Kingdom

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3, ESV).
A fairly recent movie called “The Kingdom of Heaven” introduces movie audiences to the Crusades. In Medieval times Christian Europe rallied forces to try and wrest the Holy Land from the Moslems. It seems so much has changed, and yet so little, as western troops today struggle in the Middle East against forces that are eerily similar.
The movie dramatically shows the clash of Knights Templar and Saladin’s forces, the whistle of swords swung in the air, the unmusical clang of arrows on chain mail, the collision of cultures and religions.
We do indeed seem to be fighting the same war today.
And Hollywood, that bastion of wisdom and insight, has magnanimously suggested a solution.
That city set under a hill with a sign will tell the city on a hill how to solve a conflict that has endured for millennia! Hollywood, a place that appears devoid of any convictions at all, will tell Christians and Muslims alike, how to compromise theirs.
Crusaders fought for control of physical Jerusalem. Courage and cruelty, valor and victory all in the name of Christ, the King.
Did the King ever ask for this?
In fact, the King promised the kingdom, neither to the powerful, nor to the fearless, but to the humble, the poor in spirit.
It was always a different kingdom, with a different army, for their commander was the Prince of Peace.
“Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world'” (John 18:26).

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