A Chapter Analysis of “The Upside–Down Kingdom” by Donald Kraybill

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A Chapter Analysis of "The Upside–Down Kingdom" by Donald Kraybill
The primary thesis in The Upside-Down Kingdom defines the importance of practicing religious principles through the teachings of Christ related to the poor and suffering. For Kraybill, the message of Christ was not to seek the Kingdom of Heaven from above (as is symbolically written in the Bible), but to find the salvation of Christ through active compassion and empathy for the poor. In many cases, the true value of Christ’s compassion for the poor ands the suffering often gets lost in today’s materialistic world and through the vanity of so-called Christian values that seem to benefit to well-to-do more than not. Kraybill’s mission in this book is to remind a decadent and...
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.....s. Also, the kingdom of heaven communicates this personal kingdom into a far more universal transcendence of faith that reaches to higher symbolic levels. While many people feel they have earned the good grace of Christ and of God by their own success and continued support for their local communities (often privileged communities), the need to reach out to the poor and the suffering. This the important resolving chapter in the book, as it describes the vital importance of finding the kingdom of heaven by giving charity and authentic compassion for those that are without the means to live as well as the upper middle classes and upper classes in American society.
References
Kraybill, D. (2003). The upside-down kingdom. Hew York: Herald Press.