Biblical scholar Michael Wilcock writes, “Christians will prize what the world calls pitiable and suspect what the world call desirable.” Tim Keller calls the kingdom of God an “upside down” kingdom. As followers of Christ our values should be countercultural. Kingdom values turn worldly values upside down. What does this mean?
- Selfishness to selflessness
- Power to service
- Restless to content
- Hoarding to sharing
- Pleasure to sacrifice
- Seeking fame to seeking the glory of God
- Safety to adventure
This past weekend, Chris Cohoon (our middle school coordinator) and I attended TEDx Bloomington and heard from a variety of different experts and speakers. It was definitely not a “Christian” conference. But as we were debriefing the experience, Chris mentioned that the message of the conference actually contained many kingdom values. An organic gardner shared his thoughts on how we can be better stewards of the soil around us. An expert in virtual worlds explained how we are all searching for home and a story greater than ourselves. A sex researcher explained that statistics show that exclusive sexual relationships bring the most happiness. A Harvard happiness researcher showed that happiness does not come from a good job and wealth but from something much deeper.
Kingdom values are opposed to the popular values that we see around us but they are actually hardwired into all of us. We were created and designed to live according to these values. These kingdom values are seen by researchers and those outside the church. As we tell “The Story” we need to understand that God has revealed his Truth through creation and other means so that many people already know deep down that these Truths are true. We just need to give them a framework for how it all fits together.
We are all part of a much bigger Story.