We are stuck.
Jesus said the kingdom of God is here and now. What is this kingdom? Peace, freedom, love, well-being, harmony, and wholeness. This kingdom exists as the underlying, unchanging, and fundamental essence of who you and I are. This kingdom is here and always has been because we are the kingdom. You don’t need to die and go to heaven to embrace the reality of God’s kingdom because it is fully intact and present in every moment. The problem lies in the fact that much of the world around us is not an expression or manifestation of the kingdom of God within us.
How do we solve this?
Pray and ask God to change everything? No
Philosophizing about grandiose schemes for revolutionary social change? No
Relying on the institutions of religion, government, and education to do it for us? No
Joining another personality cult and vicariously living through their efforts? No
Jesus said you can’t pour new wine into old wineskins. The kingdom of God will not be mediated and manifested through the status quo mentalities and structures we have become dependent upon.
What to do?
Fundamental social change requires honest hard work and persistence from all of us in all areas of life to actually create sustainable change. It doesn’t matter if you’re a gardener, a teacher, a mother, an academic, a lawyer, an athlete, a factory worker, tradesmen, tech head, artist – we each have the power and responsibility when it comes to the development and practice of alternatives… to be the change we wish to see in the world.
Of course no one person can change the world single-handedly, but we need to start seeing fundamental system change as being built and actively developed, not as the product of some top-down revolution, but each of us doing our part and self-organizing together. We have the technology and social media tools to do this. Honestly, what else is there to ask God to do???