Kingdom Culture: Relational Dynamics

God designed the relational covenants for kingdom culture. They operate on principles, processes, and protocols consistent with the King’s leadership. He is a King. He is completely involved. He designed and defined these relational dynamics. He operates within His kingdom with them in mind. He does not shift kingdom culture to accommodate existing culture. That is the whole point of kingdom culture.

Kingdom influences existing cultures through influence, not infiltration. If the kingdom culture fails to function, it fails to influence. Citizens can live by the principals, processes, and protocols of kingdom culture. In not, kingdom culture fails to represent the King. Kingdom culture is not even “kingdom” if unless it represents the right behaviors of the King.

Jesus provides a platform of cultural norms for His kingdom. Moses shared what God revealed to him in the mountain and the Tent of Meeting. Moses had elders to assist him in applying these dynamics to the entire culture. The culture applied God’s rules, so God could rule.

The Law and Prophets

Oddly enough , we reject the very thing Jesus establishes. We make the broad-brush assumption that no principles, processes, and protocols apply. Even worse, we substitute norms from opposing cultures for those He provides. He asks us to transform those cultures. We adapt those cultures.

Jesus establishes kingdom. Jesus establishes the right behaviors of the kingdom. Jesus has expectations and anticipations. Jesus has law and prophets in His kingdom that bring the previous efforts at kingdom culture to fullness and fulfillment.

The Message: “Trivialize even the smallest item in God’s Law and you will only have trivialized yourself. But take it seriously, show the way for others, and you will find honor in the kingdom.”

Jesus says, “Do not think that I have arrived to destroy Law and Prophets. I have not come to destroy but to bring them to fullness and fulfillment.”

They said, “Do not commit adultery.”

I say, “Reach a point of oneness that excludes all entertainments for others. Make marriage all I designed it to be, from the beginning of the Creation. One man. One woman. For life. Leave and cleave.”

They said, “Do not provide false witness.”

I say, “Keep your word. Do so at your own expense. Give words meaning and honor the meaning of your truth or be accountable for lying.”

They said, “Do not murder.”

I say, “Do not murder with your mouth. Your heart overflows through your mouth. If your words diminish, your heart reveals its level of authenticity.”

They said, “Love you friends. Hate your enemies.”

The Message: “I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone.”

The culture of the kingdom is good for everyone. Nobody loses in the kingdom unless the oppose God’s goodness.

Don Lynch

1 Comment

  1. De'Borah Ford on December 5, 2021 at 10:08 PM

    Hi, Dr. Lynch, and blessings to you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. My name is De’Borah Ford, and I just wanted to touch base with you because I really loved the article that you wrote on Kingdom Culture: Relational Dynamics. It was an awesome read. It reminded me of something that the Lord put in my spirit last year, and He called it Kingdom Cultural Dynamics. I have a heart and passion for godly leadership and for combining the sacred and the secular and for integrating Kingdom dynamics as it pertains to workplace culture. I believe that with can bring the Kingdom into the traditional workplace without ever coming across as preachy or inappropriate. However, the kingdom is brought into the culture by how we live and serve others as Ambassadors of Christ. This is actually a movement that I want to push forward – Kingdom Cultural Dynamics. However, I don’t know how to really create a John Maxwell type of ideal of what that would look like. I use John Maxwell because he has done exceptionally well on relaying what strong teams and leaders look like. However, what does Kingdom Cultural Dynamics look like in the traditional, secular business world? How can Kingdom and mission meet with business as usual? I know that you’re very busy, but I was wondering if you would be willing to be gracious in helping me and if we could schedule a time to speak. Currently, I’m a student, and I wouldn’t be able to give you much. We could try and work something out. However, if your time, grace, and willingness permits, I would love to have your assistance and guidance in collaborating to create an ideal framework of what Kingdom Cultural Dynamics actually looks like in the business world. When you have a moment, please reach out to me at the address shown. Thank you in advance. I pray that you have a wonderful week, as you enjoy the Christmas season. Thanks again, and blessings to you and yours!

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