The Kingdom of God is a person and not a religion. It is life - the life of God in Jesus Christ incarnated in us personally and as the church. Much of what constitutes ‘godliness’ and ‘god-fearing’ can be a sorry parody of Christ in you and Christ as us. It can appear as conservatism and inhibition or surface as as an ideology that makes us look good and people we think inferior to us, look bad.
It’s not moralistic to desire life to the full. It’s very human and comes from God. But life to the full comes from God in the person of Jesus Christ. He is our life and the life of the world. If we are serious about Godliness, about a better life and the end of chaos, it’s time we thought about living - living not in Christianity but living in the person of Jesus. We need to think about living with Him as our life and the manifestation of the real us and the real humanity as the Kingdom of God.
‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’
Col 3.4 NIV. This is a statement about the new creation realised. It’s not living Christianity. It’s living incarnation.
Paul was not joking when he used the words, ‘Christ our life.’ Living with Christ our life effects how we treat our neighbour and means we do not participate in the killing of the Earth.