Tonight I’ve started reading Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel by Russell Moore. His words are giving voice to a conviction I haven’t always been sure how to articulate.
“But while we are a Kingdom First people, we are not a Kingdom Only people. Jesus told us to seek both the kingdom of God “and his righteousness” (Matt. 6:33). We pursue justice and mercy and well-being for those around us, including the social and political arenas.” (8)
As I shared last night, I am thankful that I serve a king and not an Empire, but I can’t disengage from the culture God has called me to. None of us can. This is what it means to seek the welfare of the city we have been called to.