Our website, fraternalChristian.com, is all about unleashing the power of fraternal self-reliance to empower Christians to find and fulfill God’s best for our lives with excellence as witnesses and influence for Jesus to the nations.
The concept of fraternal self-reliance involves you connecting with other Christians on the basis of shared convictions and standards to live out the fulness of the Gospel and to be witnesses to the world around us. The biblical words oikos, ecclesia, koinonia, and ethne all apply to the concept of being a fraternal Christian in an intentional manner and in connection with other Christians.
This website, fraternalChristian.com, introduces you to the concept of lifestyle of fraternal self-reliance and empowerment through the use of both a fictional future history and through the agency of a virtual community called a “virtual Christian commonwealth” which depicts the ideals, ideals, principles, and practices involved in living a fraternal Christian lifestyle.
Our concept of being a fraternal Christian, or, as some may put it, fraternal Christianity is not denominational or sectarian. We are addressing lifestyle and ways to practice the disciplines of family and community with other Christians. In other words, fraternal Christianity merely references any Christian of any denominations who practices fraternal community with other Christians in order to be empowered and to be mutually self-reliant.
Fraternal Christianity, to be clear, is not a theology or denominational doctrine, it refers to a way of life rooted in the ancient concepts and practices surrounding ecclesia, oikos, koinonia, and ethne in a modern application to our present reality, needs, and technology.
Fraternal Christianity follows the UPDR Ideals as a Biblical lifestyle and governance discipline. These ideals are Unity in diversity, Popular sovereignty, Democratic equality, and Rule of law (UPDR), but they are applied as understood on a Biblical basis and in balance with one another. The word “Upadaria”, pronounced “you-pah-dare-ee-ah”, comes from these ideals and began as a name for a fictional nation and global commonwealth of countries all of which used the UPDR Ideals in their governance discipline while the national people called Upadarians followed the UPDR also as a lifestyle discipline.
So we use the term “Upadaria” to both describe the governance and lifestyle discipline of fraternal Christian living and to propose a more just and equitable way to organize our lives, our societies, and our governments even. A system of government based on the UPDR ideals and that utilizes other concepts associated with “Upadaria” (such a nobility of merit and freewill covenant association) is called a “upadarian” form of government.
Fraternal Christianity and upadarianism, as a governance and lifestyle discipline, necessitates a change in how we spend out time, how we connect with other people, and the priorities of our lives. Fraternal Christians live missionally in serving one another, building up the whole Body of Christ, being a witness and influence for Jesus, and ministering to the needs of Christians in crisis, especially political and religious exiles who are refugees.
One can approach fraternal Christianity in one of four ways: you can simply be inspired by these ideas and adapt them to your needs or to your particular Christian fellowship or community, you can adopt this lifestyle and governance discipline without joining any formal Society or any group, you can join and participate in our virtual community and even the virtual commonwealth, or you can formally join a fraternal Christian Society with a missionary and refugee purpose.
However you approach fraternal Christianity and its underlying lifestyle and governance discipline, called upadarianism, you will be welcome here to explore and to seek answers to your questions.