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Donald B Kraybill wrote a book more than 35 years ago called The Upside Down Kingdom The main point thesis that Kraybill develops in his book is that the kingdom of God presented by Jesus during his time on earth appeared upside-down because Jesus focused on winning by serving and triumphed by losing This completely went against the teaching of the time where the rich just got richer and the poor just became poorer but both classes never mixed and the rich rarely helped the poor Jesus came and overturned this frame of thought and this way of behaving and shed light on what it should really look like In chapter 1 Kraybill explains that John the Baptist shouted out these words in Luke 34-6 The voice of one crying out in the wilderness Prepare the way of the Lord make his paths straight Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low and the crooked shall be made straight and the rough ways made smooth and all flesh shall see the salvation of God In essence John the Baptist was forewarning everyone of the coming kingdom and it would have full valleys flat mountains straight curves and level bumps So what hes really saying is that what we know as truth will dramatically change That is exactly what happens when things are turned upside down Even Mary sings of the hopes to come in her song the Magnificat According to Kraybill Mary cites five types of people in her vision Those at the top of the social pyramid such as the proud the rich and mighty topple Stripped of their thrones they scatter away empty They are replaced by the poor who surprisingly rise to the top Hope for the lowly as she describes herself and judgment for those who trample the helpless is what her song is all aboutSo what is this upside-down kingdom all about Well Jesus
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