RECONCILING CULTURE BACK TO HIM
A question that demands an answer for any event that is faith-based and Christ-centered is, “to what end?” What is the purpose of believers meeting over the weekend? Why do we care to do things with excellence and integrity? Why be diligent in our work to God and men? What is the ultimate goal? What is the endgame?
While XLYC objectives are to increase the level of excellence in the local church and to empower youths to be effective in influencing their spheres of life, it is only a means to an end. The ultimate mission is, that what we see today, specifically the culture in our own environments, is transformed into a reflection of Heaven’s, “…Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
The wait for the Messiah had been so long and finally when He arrived, 11 Hebrews, untrained in biblical theology were sure that this “Yeshua” was indeed the Messiah. He would free them from the tyranny of Rome and restore Israel to its full glory. So, they thought. While Jesus was eating with His disciples, His final command was to wait in Jerusalem for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:4-5) However, anticipating the rule and reign of Israel with the Messiah as their King, the disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” (Acts 1:6) Jesus responds, that this should not be their worry and commands them again to wait in Jerusalem for the promised Holy Spirit.
Why was the Holy Spirit so important, and why didn’t Jesus just answer the question with a simple yes or no? This question was important to the seed of Abraham and those grafted in; it was answered in Matthew 12:28, when Jesus responds to the comments of the Pharisees saying, “But if I am casting out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you.”
Maybe, this is why we no longer see the Apostles eager to see Israel restored. Could they have finally realized that the Kingdom the Messiah was going to establish was more spiritual and powerful than they could have ever imagined? Demons being cast out, the blind receiving their sight, the lame being able to walk, and the dead being raised to life by the power of the Holy Spirit was indicative to the Kingdom of God arriving here on earth. The demonstrative power of God here on earth is “heaven on earth.”
The Kingdom culture is the culture that reflects Heaven’s. Unlike pop culture which is set on the general opinion of the masses, the Kingdom culture is set on the principals, ideas and intent of the giver of every good gift – Abba Father. With the ease of access to unfettered information, young people are exposed to different worldviews and lifestyles today that have shaped their perception of who they are and in turn the trajectory of their lives.