Culture shock is a term we have all heard and have possibly experienced within our lives. By definition, culture shock means, “the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone when they are suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes”. The experience of culture shock is usually unpleasant and extremely uncomfortable. So how does this relate with the two Kingdoms, we as Christians experience?
When one receives Jesus as savior, Lord and King they are leaving the culture of a fading, time limited kingdom, bound by rules and laws, based on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (where perceived good brings blessing and perceived evil brings curse), that demand constant behavior modifications that make you pleasing to man, never disrupting the status quo or “societal balances”. What one gains is a kingdom that is eternal, free of rules, laws and codes of ethics (because they have been fulfilled), where transformation comes from “oneness” with God through the heart (not behavior modification, Matthew 23:27). It is a place of unconditional acceptance, love and patience with an abundance of grace which is the power to carry you through the transformation process (into his image), fully protected from wrath (punishment or curse)( Isaiah 54:17). As you can see, these two kingdoms are diametrically opposed to one another and adapting to the kingdom culture after living in the world’s culture, will hold many challenges.
Many taste the Kingdom Culture and although they know the ways are more glorious than what the world offers, they often retreat back to the comforts and familiarity of the world’s Kingdom. Now, I invite you to go back and read the description of the two kingdoms. Which culture does your life truly reflect (please be honest because this could be life changing for you)? Many unbeknownst to them, think that they have come to Zion (the mountain of grace and everlasting life) in oneness with God being led by the spirit, with organic heart transformation, but they are actually back at Sinai begging telling the “Moses” of the day to go to God for them, give them a word, a set of rules and laws to live by in order to make God move in their lives (Hebrews 12:18-24, Exodus 20:18-19).
My friends please understand that living the culture of His Kingdom is process. Yes, you enter in by faith, but it takes time and patience to become a full expression of the culture ( James 1:4) because the transition is not by mere behavior modification brought on by mental reasoning and compounding information (Romans 12:2, Mark 7:14-23, Matthew 23:24-26, Luke 18:9-14). You move from glory to glory by a heart transformation that comes by “oneness” with THE WORD and by the Spirit of God alone (John 1:1-5, Titus 3:5). The transformation is an everlasting process that may send you into extreme culture shock along the way. But know that this is normal but if you will embrace it and allow it to flow in your life no matter how uncomfortable it is, patience will have it perfect work, the process will move from “shock” to joy and you will see the Glory of God ever increase in your daily life and the culture of the Kingdom manifested on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 17:20-21).