Jesus’ Kingdom, The Kingdom of God

By Jon Kauffman

Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” John 18:36 NIV

Here Jesus is speaking to Pilate just before taking up the cross and dying. Jesus said we also must take up our cross and follow him. Jesus had 10,000 angels who could have saved him from death and given him all the kingdoms of the world. Jesus can protect us in the same way.

The church is building the Kingdom of God on earth in the same way Jesus was building the Kingdom of God on earth. We are his servants on earth, but since his Kingdom is not of this earth, to follow Jesus we must not fight for the Kingdoms of this earth.

Many similarities exist between the Roman Empire of Jesus’ day and the United States Empire of today. Both were policemen of the world. Both were built on money and power. Rome used an open method of torture, the cross. The US uses water boarding and clandestine operations to overthrow governments.

When we join the military we are fighting for the Kingdoms of the earth. Eisenhower talked about the military/industrial complex and the huge profits made from war. If we look closely at the players in the Middle East, we see that Eisenhower’s comments are more true today than in his time.  Our foreign policy is designed to make war manufacturers and troop support businesses huge amounts of money.

In US drone warfare, estimates range from 5 to 50 innocent people killed for every enemy soldier killed. The US continues to perform signature drone strikes on a daily basis. Most of the enemy soldiers killed are defending their homes against an invading US force.

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Jon Kauffman graduated from Goshen College, earning a BA in Religion. Jon attended a Mennonite Church while growing up and currently attends the Salvation Army Church. Jon works as a drafter at TrueNorth Steel, Fargo, ND.

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