We Must Begin at the Kingdom Level
In a similar way, we need to understand the Kingdom with which we’re aligned, or nothing else will make sense. You can’t have your heart in the kingdoms of this present world and imagine you can fully serve the Kingdom of God. It’s impossible, and it will be confusing. Understanding the Kingdom of God and a biblical perspective is essential to maintaining our faith. Otherwise, we are easily caused to stumble when people with degrees, or a great deal of authority, or with much celebrity, or loud voices, or large crowds, try to push us away from God’s Truth.
How we categorize people has a tremendous impact upon how we respond to them. Here are some adjectives from the current public discourse: Democrat or Republican; a worker or a capitalist; Muslim, Buddhist, Agnostic, Christian, Protestant, or Catholic; Male or Female.
Based on these categories, we begin to assemble how we interact and how we view a person. Someone may say, “I’m a Male-Catholic-Democrat,” and you know something about that individual. Maybe they meet somebody who is a Female-Protestant-Republican, and if all you have is those descriptors, you may think, this is going to be an interesting conversation!
The way we categorize people or things determines how we react towards them. One way we are distanced from our faith is when the culture tries to redefine how we relate to the world. That’s why changing our nomenclature and our taxonomy matters so much.
To walk with God, we need to learn how God categorizes people and things. The basic spiritual category in scripture is faith or unbelief. Everything begins at that point.
Most people don’t think in those terms. When we describe someone as a nice person, or a clever person, or a sincere person, we’re not speaking in terms of faith. Someone can be a nice person but have no faith. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t talk to them, but you understand something about their worldview, and the invitations that will be extended from them, and the values they’ll hold. Don’t give your heart and the authority of your life to someone who is a nice person but without faith. It’s very dangerous, from a Kingdom perspective.
How God Categorizes People