The Kingdom of God

May 19, 2011

I have been focusing on how we could meet our needs in a world without cheap fossil fuel. Today I focus on the fifth class of needs, the need for physical nurturance.

This evening, at Easton Mountain, we invited a group of neighbors to view the BBC documentary, “A Farm of the Future.”

Seeing it brought my thoughts to the words of Jesus:

(Matthew 6:31-33) “Take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? … for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

What does it mean to seek “the kingdom of God.” In conventional religion, it means to go to church, to say prayers, to recite creeds and observe all the other practices of a religion. Are those who do this any better off materially than those who do not? I don’t think so.

Chris Dickson and his wife are shown in the documentary producing all the food and fuel they need by observing nature and learning how the natural environment of the forest can be adapted to satisfy man’s need for sustenance.

If we rejoice in the earth as I do, we see that it truly is the kingdom of God in which all things are added unto us. I know nothing about Dickson’s religion. I don’t know if, weather permitting, he walks naked through his forest farm. I certainly would. To me, he has a truly spiritual approach to life, and I think that Jesus would say that he has found “the kingdom of God.”

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