Jesus himself prayed that God’s kingdom would come ‘on earth, as it is in heaven.’ I want people to know that Jesus intended for each of us to play a role in bringing about God’s kingdom here on earth, and I want them to feel inspired and energized to go out into this world and actually make it a better place.
Chicago, IL (Vocus) December 29, 2009
Greg Pierce— best-selling author, businessman, citizen organizer—realizes that many people in the Christian faith misinterpret the biblical phrase “the kingdom of God.” So in his new book, The World as It Should Be: Living Authentically in the Here-and-Now Kingdom of God (Loyola Press, Paperback, $14.95, January 2010), Pierce sets out to help readers understand the phrase as it was originally intended by Jesus, and in the process helps readers see their roles in this world in a whole new light.
According to Pierce, a large percentage of Christians incorrectly see the term “kingdom of God” as a synonym for heaven. They perceive the kingdom of God as “still to come” rather than “already begun.” As a result, many of these otherwise well-meaning Christians spend their time wistfully waiting for the wonderful world to come—heaven—rather than rolling up their shirtsleeves and going about the work of making this world the kind of place God wants it to be.
Through 30 short essays, Pierce helps readers see the kingdom of God as both heavenly and earthly. Says Pierce, “Jesus himself prayed that God’s kingdom would come ‘on earth, as it is in heaven.’ I want people to know that Jesus intended for each of us to play a role in bringing about God’s kingdom here on earth, and I want them to feel inspired and energized to go out into this world and actually make it a better place.”
Pierce’s book will appeal both to liberals and conservatives, as he is quick to point out that “the kingdom of God is not a particular system or philosophy.” While The World as It Should Be steers clear of offering specific solutions to difficult, often divisive, issues of public or social policy, Pierce ends each chapter with thought- and action-provoking questions for reflection or discussion among Christians—as well as a second set of questions for dialogue with people outside the Christian tradition. Ultimately, Pierce wants people to do more than just think about God’s kingdom in a new way; he wants them to work together—regardless of creed—to bring about the kingdom that Jesus so passionately proclaimed.
Gregory F. A. Pierce is the author of several books, including the best seller Spirituality at Work. He is the president of ACTA Publications, as well as a leader in United Power for Action and Justice. Altogether, he has over 40 years of experience working for social justice.