The kingdom of God that most of us are familiar with is the spiritual kingdom of Jesus Christ that extends across our spiritually dark planet one converted soul at a time. These souls are hard won because kingdoms are never extended without blood, sweat, and tears being shed. Valiant men and women give their lives to extend kingdoms. Some give their lives in a conflict, and many give their lives by fighting and sacrificing one day at a time.
The unique aspect of the kingdom of Jesus Christ is that the citizens all used to be autonomous from the King. They all used to be rebels, in pursuit of their own power. Then, they have a saving, heart-changing encounter with King Jesus and are changed from the inside out. In a moment, a new citizen is born into the kingdom of light. That citizen begins to live out the priorities of the King: faith, repentance, love for Jesus, love for others, forgiveness, kindness, submission to authority, gentleness, love for justice, mercy, self-control, diligence, patience, and holiness.
This spiritual kingdom isn't one that replaces political powers. Rather, these citizens are commanded by their King to submit to earthly authorities, as long as it does not cause them to sin against the moral character of God. Actually, Christians are commanded to pray for their governments. Many Christians work to bring peace, justice, and morality to their communities. The top-down directive from our King is to Love God, and Love others! That's why we fight for the plight of the widows, orphans, sexually trafficked, abused, and of those in danger of death by abortion. That's why we educate, counsel, coach, and extend helping hands.
When a Christian prays, "Thy kingdom com, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven," he or she is asking God to bring millions more into the kingdom of God through a saving, life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. He/she is asking God to bring justice, peace and mercy into the lives of billions of people across the planet spiritually and physically.
We're a family on mission to bring the good news of Jesus to the Philippines.