There is nothing stagnant about the “Kingdom of God.” This symbolic phrase, used by Jesus to speak about the reality and ways of God in our lives, is dynamic, creative, freeing, challenging, demanding, consoling, guiding. It is, among other things, a way to speak about God’s providential care for his creatures, for us. God’s way of doing things is not identical with our ways. Whereas human beings gravitate to the powerful, the famous, the wealthy, God’s way is to seek out the lost, the lowly, the humble, those rejected by fellow human beings. Whereas we human beings seek status, wealth, or power, the Kingdom of God—God’s way of acting—is life-giving, affirming, able to “tear down the mighty and lift up the lowly.” (Are you lowly enough to be reached by God?).
God’s way brings judgment only to bring peace, to heal, never to condemn and lock up in a hell of human imagination.