I was sitting, visiting with my pastor, Brother Charles Simpson sometime back. We were talking about different issues that affected our local fellowship. Brother Charles told me this story which happened many years ago. He had purchased a boat, quite large, which was located in Florida. In order to get the boat from Florida to Mobile Bay he hired a pilot who brought the boat along the intercostal canal. At one point; he asked the pilot, why are you going so slowly? The pilot answered as we move forward, we are causing a wake and I am responsible for the wake that I cause. If I travel too fast it could cause a large wake; I can be sued for the damage I cause.
Later as I pondered the story, it reminded me of the fact that whatever we do in life we cause a wake that affects the lives of others. Sometime this is good, and sometimes it is bad. In recent days as I have rethought this story my view of it has completely changed. Now it is, "How fast are we moving?" Are we causing a stumbling block for others to turn back? Paul writing to Titus said, "Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, always to be gentle toward everyone. (Titus 3:1 & 2)
This statement is one from Bill Johnson, Bethel Church in Redding California. Kingdom Culture is transferable into any venue. It is acceptable! Jesus is the desire of the nations. There is an inbuilt hunger in everyone for King Jesus. The Holy Spirit in us will make the Kingdom of God palatable to everyone if we can keep our egos contained. There are some religions in our society that are trying to impose their religion on everyone; they are leaving a trail of death everywhere. You convert, or you die! Is this presenting their kingdom of god to others in a way that is acceptable to the hearts? Or is it leaving a wake of fear and intimidation. You may say, this is absurd, I am not doing this!
Remember, we are to present the Kingdom of God in peace where it is acceptable to others because they have a longing for Jesus. We are not to present it in a way that causes a dangerous wake.