Brian McLaren writes in his book, “The Secret Message of Jesus,” about God’s take over of this earth:
Why no weapons? Why no well-oiled political machine? Why live in constant vulnerability? WHy not identify a scapegoat, an enemy, a target of hatred? Because, Jesus says again and again, this kigdom advances with neither violence not bloodshed, with neither hatred not revenge. It is not just another of the kigdoms of this world. No, this kingdom advances slowly, quietly, under the surface – like yeast in dough, like a seed in soil. It advances with faith: when people beliieve it is true, it becomes true. And it advances with reconciling, forgiving love: when people love enemies and strangers the kingdom gains ground.