Creating a Kingdom Culture
In his book, An Unstoppable Force, church leader Erwin McManus argues that the church ought to shape culture by knowing and living out it's own Christ-formed ethos.
"Ethos - the fundamental character or spirit of a culture, the underlying sentiment that informs beliefs, customs and practises of a community, group or person. To simplify, an ethos is expressed through spontaneous recurring patterns."
What is the ethos of our church?
Do we value the culture of the Kingdom or do we live more by the culture of this world?
The Kingdom of God? Or the Kingdom of the World? Which is it to be?
It's actually not to hard to make an assessment of this.
Just listen in on a few conversations.
People will talk about what they're passionate about.
People will share with others what really matters to them.
Are our conversations Kingdom conversations?
There's another way to test this.
Do something wrong today.
And then see how people react.
The comments. The emails. The texts and the twitter feeds. Even those emojis.
They all say something about the culture, the ethos, we subscribe to.
We're surrounded by a culture of rights, legal codes and opposing opinions.
In contrast the kingdom of God is defined by a culture that celebrates peace, forebearance, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self- control. (Galatians 5: 22-23)
Where do you want to live?
The world as we know it?
Or the kingdom where each person is valued because of the values of God.