“The Lord is King, the Most High over all the earth”
Our country has just been through a bruising presidential election(in 2016), 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. You all know what I am talking about.
So winning an election isn’t incidental. When it comes to governing, at least in a democracy, winning an election is everything.
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 many cases, were the ones who had been intentionally chosen by the very people seeking to be governed. King David was a perfect example of this. (Read 2 Samuel 5: 1-5).
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:
- Live your lives as if I was your king.
- Spread my gospel (which includes 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 mean to be crass, but why should we continue to lose ground when we could be gaining ground just as easily?
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.
My next post A Cosmic Courtship explains the gospel in terms of a classic love story.