I need to understand the Kingdom of God. For me to be able to understand it, I need to understand at least four values. The values are Money (economic) general sharing, Prestige (social/...
I need to understand the Kingdom of God. For me to be able to understand it, I need to understand at least four values. The values are Money (economic) general sharing, Prestige (social/ cultural) least as greatest, Power (political and religious) service not domination, Solidarity (political and religious) universal solidarity vs cliques, and Love of enemy. Please help me understand and describe four values more in depth.
If you read the gospels there is a lot on the kingdom of God and the ethics of the kingdom of God. Let me go over your list.
First, when it comes to money, there should be generosity. You should give freely in the kingdom of heaven. Moreover, this giving should be done in humility and not for the show of man. Matthew 6:1-4 says:
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
When it comes to prestige and power, the greatest in the kingdom of heaven is the servant of all. You can say that you descend into greatness. Humility is the key. Matthew 23:11 says:
11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
This is based on the fact that Jesus also served people and made himself lower. Mark 10:45 gives us the paradigm.
45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Finally, Christians of the kingdom of God are called to love all. However, what makes this ethic even more powerful is that you are also called to love your enemies. Matthew 5:11-12 makes this point clear.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
In light of all this, you can see that Christian ethics turn everything upside down.