Do you have trouble seeing the Kingdom of God? Have you been in church your whole life, and you still have yet to see any evidence in the real world for this heavenly Kingdom we read so much about in the Bible? You know sometimes we need to see the darkness before we can recognize and appreciate the Light.
That’s why I started this new category called “the anti-Babylon.” Our culture is so steeped in Babylonian thinking that we think it’s normal. We often don’t question it, not even in churches. But the trouble is that it can be really difficult to SEE GOD from Babylon, when Babylon is all you have known.
Take simplicity, for example. Jesus was all about a simple ministry. There was no fanfare, no hours spent at the synagogue preparing for His Sermon on the Mount. He didn’t need millions of dollars, top-quality sound equipment, or a special prayer chamber. He just prayed, and spoke. And He told His disciples to do the same.
Here’s another example — evangelism. “You must have all the answers, you know. You’ve got to understand and be able to give a summary of all 66 books of the Bible, before you even dare to evangelize. Or you need to go to some kind of seminary school to be qualified.” If that’s the case, then I’ll just throw in the towel right now.
But what about all those people who Jesus healed? They COULDN’T WAIT to tell others about what Jesus had done for them! And that’s what evangelism should be. Not this big, puffed up thing, but just telling others what Christ has done for us. Jesus has saved you from something, as surely as He has saved me. He has healed us, changed us. He has freed us from a prison of sin and darkness. I can’t wait to tell you about it!
See the difference? Babylon likes to make things complicated and excessive. Jesus was neither of these things.
So it may be helpful to think of the Kingdom of God as the ultimate anti-Babylon.