Dear God, it’s still Easter.
I know you know this, but… well… It doesn’t look like it so much.
This week the news feed indicated a world where the Curse was found far and wide, but all too little of the blessings flowing.
So here’s where I’m at in all this: you’ve got a bunch of us here who are telling the world, in faith, that you have raised Jesus from the dead.
That you have overcome the powers of sin and death.
That you have enthroned your Man at your right hand.
That there is a King reigning over the cosmos for the true and living God.
That Jesus is Lord.
So why should they say among the nations, “Where is this God of yours? Where is your Lord?”
We can confess that Jesus is Lord, but when we read about massacres in movie theaters, it makes our claim ring hollow.
We can confess that Jesus is Lord, but when we blow up the internet with our intramural disagreements one might well ask, “Where is this Spirit who is supposed to be leading them into all truth? Where is this Spirit who is supposed to be binding them as one?”
Where, indeed, is the Spirit sent by the Resurrected One?
It’s still Easter.
I know that you care about your reputation. You are the God who acts to demonstrate the goodness and power of your name upon the earth. You are the God who will not sit idly by while your name is blasphemed among the gentiles.
So I guess where I’m going with all this is here: I don’t mind saying audacious things. Really. In fact, I know several people who wish I minded a bit more!
But when it comes to the audacious things of God, well… I… actually, a lot of us… well… we’d like a little more backup.
You have your Man on the throne. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him.
So, do you think we could see a tidal wave of peace? An earth-shattering abundance of food for those who have none? A few minutes of clarity that there is a plan here, there is a God whose power can bring it about, there is a people who rightly confess the God who rules in righteousness by the hand of a Resurrected King?
Maybe what I’m getting at is this: May your Kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Because this wasn’t much of an “as it is in heaven” week.
So come quickly, Lord Jesus. You are the Resurrected Lord, after all.