People catch the heart of their leaders. This can be positive or negative. The old adage "Monkey see; monkey do" holds true.
The level of buy-in to the values of the organization by its leaders will determine the level of buy-in by its members/employees. e.g. honest and integrity, time-keeping, petty theft (if there is such a thing).
In the same way a kingdom reflects the heart if its king, as is the case in kingdom of God.
In the kingdom of God we find love, righteousness, forgiveness, acceptance, joy, peace ... the list goes on and on . In short the kingdom of God is countercultural.
As the kingdom of God advances followers of Christ find themselves in a war zone with a difference. As Don Moen puts it:
"We march to the tune of a love song
Singing the King's jubilee
Anointed to enter the hell gate
Anointed to set captives free
We lift up our banner of worship
And Jesus our Champion we praise
An army of worshipers stands by His side
Baptized in His fire Revealing His glorious light."
In His kingdom you are loved and accepted. Paul reminds us that "there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1)
As we go into our daily routine let us demonstrate His "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."
Mike and Daphne