The Kin-dom of God

by Greg Stevens on March 8th, 2012

Last week we used the term, “kin-dom” in our litrugy at our Sunday gathering.

I received a few question as to why, so here’s why...

1. Gender Inclusivity - A “king” is a male. But in God’s paradise there is, as Paul once said, “neither male nor female…” All people are made in the Divine image. God’s reality is beyond gender constraints, in this case, those which elevate masculine power over others.

2. Non-Hierarchial - The wealthy often inherit their wealth, this is especially true with queens, kings, emperors and empresses. The power, wealth and control that they inherit is the power to help or harm, the power to give or hoard - we all know how this usualy turns out. Simply because of ones birth, one has power over others. But as we know, God shows no partiality, God is the divine spirit, not divine dictator. We’re in a family not an empirical system of domination.

3. Biblical - In the New Testament the word “kingdom” isn’t actually the best translation for what would more accurately portray what Jesus was saying, “commonwealth.” It was a word that essentially flipped off the rule of Caesar. The power dynamic is different for Jesus’ kin-dom, it wasn’t a power of coercion but equality. Caesar punishes, God heals, Caesar threatens, God invites. Comforting, nurturing, loving, and inspiring were not words ever used to describe Caesar’s kingdom but they are the perfect words for God’s kin-dom.


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2 Comments

Doug - March 9th, 2012 at 7:49 AM
Thanks, Greg!
Júlio Reis - December 6th, 2012 at 8:49 AM
The Bible still says %u201Ckingdom%u201D. One would need proof that it should say %u201Ccommonwealth%u201D. And you do know anyway that the world%u2019s most famous Commonwealth is presided by a Queen, don%u2019t you? :)

I don%u2019t think one needs to redefine what the Bible says%u2026 just to think what %u201Ckingdom%u201D meant then, and then apply it to today. Of course that for a set of people who held a common allegiance to a supreme ruler and judge, it had to say %u2018kingdom%u2019%u2014what other word? They had no republics then. Jesus was a man%u2014of course he was %u2018king%u2019. Jesus is our supreme ruler, we get no say in that%u2014we don%u2019t %u201Celect%u201D him by any means, he elected us and we respond to his love.

A very different kind of kingdom back in the 1st century? Totally. Does %u201Ckingdom%u201D reflect correctly upon people%u2019s ideas in the 21st century? Of course not%u2014most of the planet%u2019s inhabitants live under presidents, so %u201Ckingdom%u201D is a dead metaphor. And yet, the Bible does say %u2018kingdom%u2019 and that translation stands correct until proof in contrary, or until that word loses its meaning completely.

Just my own 2¢.

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