We all know the proverbial expression: “SPEAK no evil, HEAR no evil, SEE no evil”, but when it comes to News & Current Events, covering our eyes, ears & mouths, & burying our heads in the sand simply devalues the concept of effective Christianity.
Do I avoid reading or listening to the news? No. Do I believe being informed is important? Yes.
Day in & day out, newspapers, television, radio talk shows & internet sites all seem to deliver an endless stream of negative news. In the age of smartphones and wireless web access, news alerts can find us anywhere & everywhere. The cacophony can be mind-numbing. It can leave us struggling to continue caring about the latest earthquake disaster, the young boys forced to be child soldiers in central Africa, the beheaded Christians in the Middle East or elsewhere, even the impoverished families in our own city or town. There has always been devastating news. Even the Bible accurately documents that for millennia, mankind has been unable to stop the tide of bad news. Yet, the word gospel means “Good News” and the word Kingdom can mean “government” or “spiritual reign”.
More than ever before, I believe there’s a need to be informed, to seek Godly truth, & increase our understanding of the ‘’end times’’ that we’re now living in. How can we pray if we’re unaware? How can we pray if we don’t know the needs? When we add prayer to knowledge, & seek His voice, it is then that God can guide & use us to spread the gospel message, share the bigger picture, & call in His glorious return.
This is what Kingdom Festival is about!
Kingdom is a gathering of Christian believers who long to see His Kingdom come, His will be done! It’s about uniting the salt of the earth, staying awake & not allowing ourselves to succumb to the tendency to tune out, stop listening, or forget what is happening around us.
Jesus himself stated: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the entire world, for a witness to all nations…” And while the Bible foretells the tumultuous period occurring today, more importantly, it describes the best news of all time: a soon-coming perfect government, headed by God!
Let’s NOT be the church described in Keith Green’s song from the 70s, Asleep in the Light. He sang, “The world is sleeping in the dark, that the church just can’t fight, ’cause it’s asleep in the light!” Instead, let’s use music, arts & media to draw people in, first of all. Let’s grow our passion for souls that will help us enter further into the days of harvest. It’s time to stir up the gifts & talents within! Time to get ready for the thunder! Why? Because Heaven is counting on us!
OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, HOLY BE YOUR NAME! YOUR KINGDOM COME. YOUR WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN… FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM, THE POWER & THE GLORY! FOREVER & EVER! AMEN.