Changing Course for the Kingdom of the Heavens

Ron Hogan was drawn to Quakers by their commitment to social justice, “an upending of the order of the world as it is now in favor of a radical equality.” He sees in those testimonies a mirror of Jesus’ message in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12), or Mary’s in the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55)… and also a reminder that, in the original Greek of the gospels, Jesus didn’t call on people merely to “repent” their past sins (Mark 1:15), but to change their lives.

“The kingdom of the heavens is a massive project, for lack of a better term,” Ron admits, and not easily achievable, especially given human nature—which is why Friends are called upon to move past any cultural assumptions they may have absorbed, especially assumptions of privilege, and make a more conscious effort to recognize that of God in others.

(By the way, Ron’s a member of the Friends Publishing team; as our audience development specialist, he organizes the social media and newsletters for Friends Journal and QuakerSpeak.)

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  1. When Jesus first began his ministry he said “repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand”. Churches seem to think that that means it’s almost here but if something is at hand doesn’t that really mean that you can reach out and touch it? He also said “except one is baptized of water and the Spirit he can not see the kingdom of God.” When we see the Kingdom of God here and now it changes our perspective and we begin to walk with God, not as servants but as friends of God. I am thankful for these messages as it reinforces the thought that we are not alone on our journey.

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