Kingdom Focused

The relief that election season is almost over is palpable.  The question of what’s next is looming.  I almost feel like one of those superbowl contenders after a brutal battle when asked what’s next jubilantly exclaims “I’m going to Disney World.” For me this is a welcome opportunity to refocus on a different kingdom, not the Magic Kingdom.  At times my country has been like the Magic Kingdom, supermarkets overflowing with plenty, a stock market that goes continually up, and endless distractions to keep us in a Disneyesque state of narcosis.  

And yet in the midst of this lethargic distraction, my heart is hearing the siren song of another kingdom.  A kingdom whose ruler is everlasting.  It is as a subject of that kingdom that I receive my purpose, my what’s next, my why.  My mission, given by the King of that other kingdom, is completely unaffected by any election result.  The call to love God and love people has not changed.  How we accomplish our mission is changing in this postmodern world.  How we of faith are perceived, how we interact, and the tools available to carry out our mission have changed.    

Since I have friends on both sides of the election equation I am doing some weeping and some rejoicing, keeping in mind the admonition of my Lord in Romans 12: 15-18 to “ Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.  Live in harmony with one another, do not be proud, associate with the lowly, do not claim to be wiser than you are.  Do not repay evil for evil but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.  If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceable with all men.”  

The directive of my King does not change regardless of who leads the country that I love. I'll remain Kingdom Focused. 

by Fred Meserall
Fred and his wife Susan began attending Kingsway in June of 2014. They found Kingsway to be a place of refreshment and healing after their previous church experience. Fred is passionate about pursuing God, family, and lifegroups (including his current group which has been meeting continuously for 16 years). Fred and Susan absolutely love the fact that they, their two daughters and their husbands, and grandchildren all attend church together. Fred is a non-recovering “aquaholic” who enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, communing with God, working on his videoblog (aptly titled “Still at the Beach”), and all things surf and family.