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TO SEEK A NEW WORLD

I had been pushed around all my life and felt at this moment that I couldn’t take it anymore. When I asked the policeman why we had to be pushed around? He said he didn’t know. ‘The law is the law. You are under arrest.’ I didn’t resist.
Rosa Parks

Over 2000 years ago, a preacher announced to the populace in Judea: ‘Repent for the Kingdom of God is at Hand’. Quite a few have, perhaps, wondered why repentance had to be a prerequisite for the advent of the Kingdom of God. Or why God would need man’s repentance in order to institute His Kingdom on earth? Very intriguing question, indeed. Yet the preacher, who, we can safely assume, knew what he was talking about, linked the two.

Similar calls can be heard today. In the same sense, if not in the same words. Today’s calls occur in religious, scientific, social, political and economic circles, albeit, bearing the stamp of the viewpoint of each circle.

Except in fundamentalist religious circles, the desired outcome is no longer defined in terms of the advent of the ‘Kingdom of God on earth’. Instead, the outcome is couched in secular terms. Nonetheless, a prerequisite for ‘repentance’, described in modern terms as the need for a change, or correction of the errors in the ways things are being done, is still evident.

In the intervening 2000 years, biblical scholars and churches have given various interpretations to this call to Judeans. Today,

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