Flip Side of Matthew 6:10


If earth has the potential to be like heaven…

If we are to pray for that potential to be realized…

Then it must be possible for that potential not to be realized. It must be possible for earth to be a place not of heaven, but of something else: suffering, oppression, injustice, horror….

Of course, we all know that this is true. Hell on earth is possible and real. It has happened. In nations, neighborhoods, houses, it is happening right now.

The promise of Matthew 6:10 is not just the abstract hope that we can see heaven advance. The promise of Matthew 6:10 is also the grittier and more tangible hope that we can push back and see hell recede—that we can see human beings physically provided for and actually set free.