Rival Nations exists to be a part of this revolutionary new-reformation movement. This site will invite you to ask tough questions and perhaps consider a different picture of God and his Kingdom than what you may be used to.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.
1 John 3:16
At the core is the idea that the love Jesus demonstrated on the cross is the full revelation of the true, non-violent, self-sacrificial character of God and of the character that God’s people are called to cultivate. This stands in stark contrast to what most people believe about God, and how most people understand what it means to be “Christian.” Sadly, throughout most of church history Christians have frequently allowed the simple and beautiful revelation of the cross to be hijacked by religion, politics, and the philosophical assumptions of the day. This is how the beauty of the God revealed on the cross, and the beauty of the movement Jesus came to bring were transformed into something that was often very ugly and violent. This is the sad legacy of Christendom.
They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
2 Timothy 4:4
Thankfully, we are witnessing a huge number of people all over the world who are re-discovering the core of all scripture: the revelation of the cross. Rival Nations wants to be a part of this radical revolution by encouraging people to critically scrutinize long-held theological assumptions, offering fresh and relevant theological proposals for consideration, and by motivating people to seriously rethink what it means to follow Jesus.
What does “Rival Nations” mean?
When Jesus came on the scene, he entered into a world ruled by Empire, the Roman Empire to be exact. He went from city to city, teaching a truth that had never been heard before. Jesus wasn’t just giving out pro-tips for a better life- he was declaring that a new nation was taking form, that he was king of it, and that empire had seen its day. The gospel of the Kingdom preached by Christ was not heard as good news by everyone. The rich and powerful heard it as a threat. The politics of Jesus was treason to everyone, from the Roman government, to the religious elite, to the violent Jewish zealots. They couldn’t handle the truth.
His message was treason.
His message was treason.
Since we are just now coming out of a centuries-long period of time where the church has been in bed with the state, we are beginning to rediscover just how treasonous the message of Jesus is. We shouldn’t be surprised if some of the things Jesus taught actually shock us. The exciting thing is that, if we can learn anything from the early church, it is precisely because of this treason that the Kingdom of God will grow! Can we handle the truth?
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