Weight is a sensitive subject and those who struggle with it don’t like to talk about it much. If you have a weight problem, you might try to hide it or deny that you have a problem at all. What about a wait problem? As in the “we’re still waiting for Jesus to return” wait problem? What about that pesky 2000+ year wait problem Christians have? Are people willing to be honest and confront their issues with their millennia-old wait or are people going to pretend that there’s no problem? Like those battling issues with their physical weight, Christians tend to deny they have a divine wait problem and instead try to convince people that scripture isn’t wrong and Jesus isn’t late, but our interpretation of his timing is what’s wrong.
If you read your Bible, you’ll see that people who walked and talked with Jesus were under the impression that after he ascended to Heaven following the crucifixion, he would return in their lifetime. Why would they believe that? He told them so. In Matthew 24, Jesus talks about many things that will happen leading up to the end of all things and his return. In verse 34, he says this of all of those prophecies: “Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.” I’m not an expert, but that generation has long since passed and we’re still waiting on you-know-who. In Revelation 22:7 Jesus says, “Look, I am coming soon!” Some versions say “quickly” instead of “soon”, but over two thousand years later, it has been neither quickly nor soon…or at all. Still no Jesus. There are those who say that “quickly” refers to how Jesus will arrive, not when. He’ll arrive “like a thief in the night.” People would like for you to believe that we will have no idea when Jesus will return because of how suddenly it will happen. These same people will then point you to all the prophetic events that MUST happen before Jesus returns. If we witness all of this prophecy being fulfilled, then it won’t be like a thief in the night, will it? We’ll see it happening and will be able to infer that Jesus is on his way. So which is it? Will we see the signs or will it be sudden, like a thief in the night? It can’t be both.
There’s a problem with the Christian religion that Christians do not like to talk about; being wrong. There have been multiple incorrect predictions of Jesus’ return or the end of the world by many people over the years. People always like to try to predict things and be right. That’s nothing new and it isn’t really a big deal. But when the “Holy” texts are wrong and scripture fails to deliver on its promises, that should be a big deal for the faithful…and yet it’s not. There’s always an excuse as to why prophecy has failed to come to fruition. “You are misreading or misinterpreting the text” or “prophecy has been fulfilled, but you just don’t want to recognize it” or “God’s timing is not our timing.” There’s always a reason for why Jesus, who was expected to return to earth over 2000 years ago, has not showed his face.
The issue I have with people waiting and watching for Jesus isn’t a problem with superiority or bigotry. It isn’t a hatred of religion. The issue I have with these “wait-watchers” isn’t that they believe in something I don’t. I was once one of them. The issue I have is the same issue with the other weight problem. It’s unhealthy. Carrying extra pounds on your body puts stress on your organs. It causes everything from diabetes to heart disease and I have lost loved ones to both. Carrying extra “wait” causes people to neglect issues facing the world today and causes people to instead resort to prayer to solve problems. Waiting on a solution ensures that no solution will be found and problems continue. Putting all of your hopes and dreams on a story whose ending was supposed to be written thousands of years ago is not healthy.
You can argue that Jesus isn’t late. He’ll arrive precisely when he means to. That is fine if you have another source outside of the Bible to back that up. Otherwise, you are ignoring “God’s word” and instead are choosing to believe in something that was promised but never came to fruition. I would argue that Jesus is indeed late. Not just 2000+ years late, but “late” late. As in when you die, you are referred to as late. “The late Jesus of Nazareth”, if he indeed existed, was no more than a man according to the evidence we have. He is entitled to all the benefits of any other deceased person. He can be remembered and revered, but that should be the end of it. He is late and has been for a long, long time. At some point we need to let him go.
I don’t know why Christianity has endured for so long. I really don’t. The faithful will say it’s because it is all true. They will say this to you with a straight face while ignoring all of the scripture that promises much more than what their religion has delivered. And so they wait. Year after year, they wait. No matter what problems we face here on earth, they wait because they claim it is part of a bigger plan. They wait for someone to return and make it all better instead of using their own abilities to make things better. To me, that’s a wait problem. Here’s the skinny: there is no conclusive evidence that the Jesus we read about in the Bible existed. If he did, there is zero evidence that he was divine. And lastly, there is absolutely no evidence that he will return to this earth. So why are you waiting?
If you have extra weight on your body, removing it will make you healthier. If you have extra wait in your spiritual life, removing that will make you healthier as well. It might take some extra will power and it may even take a support group, but it can be done. You might not see it at first, but when you do this there won’t be anything you lose that you will miss…because you never needed it to begin with.