Pandita Ramabai (1858-1922) Indian reformer, teacher and leader wrote, “People must not only hear about the kingdom of God, but must see it in actual operation, on a small scale perhaps and in imperfect form, but a real demonstration nevertheless.” This woman who blazed through India in a time of deeply established traditions and with an unpopular message hit the nail right on the head.
None of us have it all figured out for sure. But even if we are imperfect (and that’s guaranteed) we must present to our society and culture as real a demonstration of the Kingdom as our faith allows and as we are able. Others must see it in “actual operation” as she mentions above… is the key point. We have to do this stuff… not just talk about it.
“As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Jesus