Why Hasn’t Jesus Returned?

j0149014These days many devout Christians are asking themselves why Jesus hasn’t returned after all this time to usher in his kingdom. He promised to come, and we have certainly prayed for his return.
“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’” “Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!”
And still there is this bewildering delay.
As a Christian, I believe that the answers to these kinds of puzzling questions are often hidden in the Bible. Some things that happened in the past may have set a precedent for future events. An ancient scripture from the second book of the prophet Samuel may be a good example of this:
“Then all the tribes of Israel went to David at Hebron and said to him, ‘We are your own flesh and blood. In the past, even when Saul was still our king, you led the people of Israel in battle, and the Lord promised you that you would lead his people and be their ruler.’ So all the leaders of Israel came to King David at Hebron. He made a sacred alliance with them, they anointed him, and he became king of Israel.” (2 Samuel 5, vs. 1-3)
David was already a powerful warlord when this event took place. He was king of the tribe of Judah. He had slain Goliath. The prophet Samuel had anointed him. He certainly could have conquered the rest of Israel and assumed control of the country, or simply installed himself as king and quashed any rebellion. But he chose instead to wait eight years until the leaders of the tribes of Israel came to him.
Here we are, thousands of years later, and we find ourselves wondering why Jesus, (the descendant of David) hasn’t returned, as he said he would, to rule the world.
I am speculating, of course. But I personally think he is waiting for the leaders of the nations of the world to come to him and ask him to be their ruler.
Waiting patiently certainly worked for David. He had the full cooperation of all the tribal leaders and all the people. Why should Jesus settle for anything less?
So how is Jesus going to get 220 heads of state, the leaders of the nations of today’s world, to come to him and ask him to be their ruler?
I believe the answer has always been to take his case directly to the people. Let them decide by a simple vote whether or not they want Jesus as their leader. They in turn will need to ask, or possibly insist, or most probably compel their leaders to seek out Jesus and ask him to govern the nations.
Getting his case to the people may prove to be a daunting task due to several disturbing statistics:
1. As many as 67% of the world’s population has never even heard the name of Jesus, or has scant knowledge of him. These are called the “unreached people groups”.
2. As much as 99% of the church’s mission budget goes for work among the already evangelized.
3. Christians make up 33% of the world’s population, receive 53% of the world’s annual income, and spend 98% of it on themselves.
4. Christian organizations spend $8 billion a year on conferences.
Obviously some changes will have to be made.
A bit of good news: The Gospel (Jesus’ campaign brochure) has been translated into the languages of 94% of the world’s population.
The process I envision could in some ways be considered a political campaign with the objective of getting Jesus elected Governor of the World. (Or whatever you might want to call Him.)
I should point out that the goal is not to make religious converts, in the normal sense of the word. Not that that’s a bad thing. But the main concern is to get his campaign literature into the hands of normal intelligent people the world over so that they can decide for themselves whether or not to vote for Jesus, based on his public record.
I feel we have a good candidate. He scores well on all of the key political performance indicators:
• Rationality
• Authoritativeness
• Adventurousness
• Inspiration
He possesses the attributes we are looking for:
• Honesty
• Integrity
• Trustworthiness
Is he still alive? Yes he is. Does he want to govern us? Yes he does, and the sooner, the better, in my opinion.
That’s why I named my website “Let’s Get This Done!”

The Power To Govern

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“The Lord is King, the Most High over all the earth”

Our country has just been through a bruising presidential election, and for better or for worse, the winner clearly walked away with the power to govern. The loser was given no such power, and really had no recourse but to return to the private sector.

So winning an election isn’t incidental. When it comes to governing, at least in a democracy, winning an election is everything.

It seems to me that in the history of the world, absolutely nothing ever got done in the absence of a clearly defined leader or head of state. Sometimes a leader would come into power by conquering and subduing a people, and sometimes a long established monarchy was able to hold on to power. But the best kind of rulers, in my opinion, were the ones who had been intentionally chosen by the very people seeking to be governed.

As Christians we know that Jesus Christ is High King of Heaven. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega.

But on earth, sad to say, he only has 30% of the vote. And that is just not enough to rule on earth. We Christians want him to govern, and He wants to govern, but until he wins some sort of election, some sort of universal popular acclaim, He has to work behind the scenes in the private sector. (Of course, He could easily conquer and subdue the earth, but He doesn’t seem inclined that way.)

I believe that Jesus is fully aware of this reality. When He set up his special little kingdom among His tiny group of original followers, he basically told them to do two things:

  1. Live your lives as if I were your king.
  2. Spread my gospel (my governing principals) over the entire earth.

To me, that sounds a lot like a political party campaigning for it’s favorite candidate.

I don’t know too much about running a political campaign, but I know that one of the first things, and probably the most important thing, is to get the word out. Print up the campaign literature and pass it out everywhere, particularly where the candidate is not well known. Take his case directly to the people. Let them decide by a simple vote whether or not they want him as their leader.

This question constitutes the main theme of this blog. How is Jesus going to get seven billion people to come to him and ask him to be their ruler?

It is my small uninformed humble opinion that the world’s Christians should begin focusing more energy into printing and shipping individual copies of single gospels (possibly through the mail) to virtually every country on earth, especially to those countries where Christianity has no vital presence. I am not talking about gospel tracts, or how-to books. I am talking about printing the entire gospel of Mark, for instance. Or Luke or John or Matthew, printed in the language of the country of destination. These small booklets are no more than 50 or 60 pages in length and are easily read and understood by normal intelligent people.

I know this is not a new idea, and it is certainly being carried out by lots of individuals and groups all over the place. I’ve made up my mind to join in the effort in my own small way. I am still gearing up, but I have a plan and I will write more about this as things develop.