Am I wrong to Pray, “Our Lord, Come!?”

Daily I’m troubled by the current events in our world.  Evil abounds.  Nations against nations, tribes against tribes, people groups against people groups, neighbors against neighbor–us versus them and so on.

While I remain hopeful that the Lord’s people are energized by the Holy Spirit to fulfill its mandate in the world, I’m not a postmillennialist–believing that this world is getting better.

Truth be told–I see the opposite!

So I find myself constantly praying I Corinthians 16:22, “Our Lord, come!”[1]  Because I know that when the Lord comes he will right all the wrongs of the world.  There will be an end to all this violence against one another.  There will be an end to all this injustice.  There will be an end to all this evil!

So I pray, “Our Lord, come!”

Footnote:

[1] The Greek for Come, Lord reproduces an Aramaic expression (Marana tha) used by early Christians.

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4 Responses to Am I wrong to Pray, “Our Lord, Come!?”

  1. Jon Hughes says:

    Hi TC,

    I hear you, brother. And yet life, especially in the West, is pretty incredible compared with that of previous generations: antibiotics for children, women surviving childbirth, an extravagance of choice at the local supermarket, employment law, modern communications, long distance travel, car journeys, leisure time, Christian resources and greater opportunities than ever for the spread of the gospel, the Internet, education for all, opportunities to improve life circumstances, facilities for the disabled, less prejudice and discrimination towards all sorts of people than before.

    Some of what I say is open to interpretation – e.g. the Internet is is a wonderful thing, and yet the most visited websites are those related to gambling and pornography. And discrimination is still a a part of our society. We’re getting the news here in the UK of the disturbing circumstances in which a number of black men have been shot dead by police officers in the States.

    But one example if I may. At my previous church a few years back, a visiting preacher was ranting about homosexuality. His approval of authorities in Uganda not bowing to pressure from the politically correct West to change their anti-gay laws was greeted with hearty ‘amens’ from the congregation. I turned to my wife incredulously and asked her if these fellow believers of mine would prefer that we round up gays here in the UK and beat them up like they do in Uganda. Things are better now in many ways, especially in the West.

    When (and where?) exactly would you have preferred to have been alive? That’s an interesting question to ask yourself.

    • TC Robinson says:

      My friend,
      You have a knack for asking the tough questions and challenging my assumptions. Good stuff!

      Yes, we have gotten better in many ways, as mentioned in your comment. Perhaps my pessimism is misplaced. Perhaps the backdrop of all the hate I see, gun violence, and acts of racial discrimination has caused me to overreact.

      When and where would I want to live? Great question! But I’m here now.

  2. ec says:

    I don’t think you are wrong to pray for that. I struggle with that issue myself. As Christians, we should certainly long for Christ to come receive us. At the same time, there are still so many millions who haven’t heard the Gospel. 2 Peter (if I’m recalling correctly) tells us that is the reason for the delay in Christ’s return; it is not the Lord’s wish that any should perish.

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