“Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?” He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.” When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.”
Genesis 18:32-33 NIV
As Kingdom Men we have to be very careful with phrases like “We’re taking this or that back” and romanticizing the fantastical yesteryear.
Except for the keys to death and the grave Jesus was not in the business of “taking anything back”. He was in the fulfillment business. I have come so that the prophets and the laws might be fulfilled (Matthew 5:17). As Paul tells us and is echoed in our nation’s constitution we as Kingdom Men must forget what is behind and press forward toward the goal to win the prize. Our founders captured that sentiment in the Preamble “We the People in order to form a more perfect Union…”
They did not say in order to hold fast to our British way of life with a few tweaks. They were perusing a new vision and more perfect goal.
As Kingdom Men it is our turn to step up and be counted. That is what this series is about. We have called it wrestling because we will be wrestling with some complex social topics. You will not find all of the answers here. We will merely set the stage for you to continue to wrestle with these on your own, with your families and your “Dear Neighbor”. We want to identify some ground truths, the greatest of which is love. That is our point of departure as Kingdom Men. It’s natural and right for us to want to fight for our culture and our nation. It’s right to see something wrong and want to act in kinetic fashion. But as Kingdom Men our kinetic action is love. That is what is louder than the noise around us. I promise you that a quippy tweet or FB post or may feel good but it won’t advance the Kingdom. Love does that. Love is what gets notice and set apart. Love in the face of tyranny is what shapes culture. Love is the action and catalyst and love is what was perfectly modeled to us by our King. So why would we reach for a different strategy or tactic?
In Genesis we see God destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. but he doesn’t destroy them because of the sin of the society. He destroys them because at the end if Abraham’s negotiation 10 righteous men could not be found.
Those missing 10 could have shaped the culture. They could have been the anchor to ground the society in truths of God’s love. They could have been the standard bearers (battle flag color bearers) upon which the entire society could have formed and rallied. Instead they were no existent and as a result two cities perished.
Daily Battle Order:
Are there 10 in your family? Are there 10 in your church, are there 10 in your community? Are there 10 in our state houses are there 10 in our Congress? If not, it won’t be society’s reaction to the wrestling points that will send our nation to “hell in a hand basket.” It will be that we weren’t there to be counted in righteousness and love.
The righteousness that Jesus displayed is in contrast to the righteousness that was prevalent in his day and ours. He loved and walked among the sinners while he Chastised the Pharisees. This series is not a guide on how to be more pharisaical. In fact it is the exact opposite.