A Muslim challenged my friend, Anna, “Show me one Christian country that is succeeding and I will change my mind about Christianity.” Anna is a thoughtful Lebanese believer who has been part of our Bible study for five years now. Is God’s kingdom at risk because there is no country that overwhelmingly adheres to God's kingdom values? God’s kingdom is not in trouble just because we can’t humanly pinpoint such a country.
The in-breaking of God’s kingdom on earth through Jesus Christ is about God’s reign over human hearts, not the land of a particular country. “This kingdom through Jesus is like a mustard seed that becomes the largest of plants, a tree (Matt.13:31ff). It will grow and expand in ways we can’t presently imagine or understand (like a “mustard seed”), and “will be an everlasting kingdom” that remains forever and ever.