It is important to love one’s neighbor — but in America, individual freedom is often more prized than biblical admonitions.
Part 5 of our Revelation series looks at the church's call to resist the seduction of Empire and worldly power, avoiding the mark(s) of the Beast and bearing the marks of Christlike character. We should fix our eyes on the New City that will someday come down to Earth, and become a here-and-now colony of Heaven in the middle of this groaning creation.
We've been taught to see evil and injustice in mainly individualistic terms. The Book of Revelation confronts and exposes oppressive "cultures" and exploitative economies represented by the "Beasts" and "Babylon" and the Harlot. This makes Revelation a very timely book as we expose aspects of American society and our history that has the "marks of the beast."
Proverbs 31:8-9 says, "Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly: defend the rights of the poor and needy." Yet, in this moment, white Christians should also heed Jesus' brother's advice: "Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak … Continue reading Conversation #2: Being Black in America
The lesson that God would judge a city for its economic practices is a sobering thought. The fact that much of the condemnation appears to stem from its self-indulgence should hit with particular force at modern consumer culture
Here's Scot McKnight again, who is reviewing David Mathewson's (A Companion to the Book of Revelation) on his blog Jesus Creed: Knowing who is the problem reshapes our reading of Revelation. Sometimes our history of reading a book blocks our ability to read it better. If one reads Revelation as a chronologically ordering of “this happens … Continue reading Revelation Reveals the Problem