1 Corinthians 15:24-25
Continuing from yesterday’s verse, Paul tells us of Christ’s kingdom:
“…then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. -1 Corinthians 15:24-25, NAB
Kingdoms and dynasties come and go. Just when they think they are the strongest, that is when they seem to fall. Think of the Babylonian, Persian, and Roman Empires. When was the last time that you traveled to Babylon or Persia? While the kingdoms of this world may pass away, there is one kingdom that will endure forever.
What kingdom will endure forever? Well, I am not talking about the mighty United States Empire. We may walk around feeling invincible, but we must remember that we have only been in existence for a couple of centuries. Truly, it has been only a short span in the overall history of the world, and like any mighty empire, we are subject to fall as well.
Look around at our economic crisis, political mess, and other national problems. Natural disasters are wiping out whole cities, and many seem content to leave them in ruins. Yet, despite all of our problems, it is our moral depravity that will truly lead us to fall. The sex, drugs, and rock’n roll culture that we indulge in can only lead us to one destination. Time and time again, throughout the history of the world, many great empires have fallen, and their lack of morality always seems to be the cause.
Kingdom’s come and go, but there will be one that will last forever – Christ’s kingdom. Like other kingdoms, the United States may fall, but we should focus our attention on God’s heavenly kingdom instead. We often put our hopes on the kingdoms of this world, but in the heavenly kingdom, we have the joy and hope of everlasting life with God.
I am proud to be an American. I am proud to have served my country. But, more importantly, it is my faith in Christ and life as a Catholic that truly defines who I am. What defines you?