Babylon

My people, go you out of the midst of her, and deliver yourselves every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD;

 

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues.

Jeremiah 51:41; Revelation 18:4 (King James 2000 Bible.) There are so many things that show how much this fallen world and its unbelievers are hostile to God for reasons that are not guided by or based on good sense. We study history, for instance. We believe in people and in the occurrence of events that no longer have any living witnesses…but we don’t believe in Jesus Christ. There is historical support for His existence and for the events and people surrounding His life on earth as laid out in the Bible, for His fulfillment of prophecy… Yet, people say there is none. They ask, How do we know it’s true?

So, Why do the same people believe any of the History they are taught in school?

Suppose there’s an empty lot near your house. You go on vacation, and when you come back, there’s a house sitting on that empty lot. Do you suppose that the house appeared out of nowhere – without a plan, planner, and builder? Of course not… A child knows that makes no sense.

So, Why do you think there are people who suppose that our world appeared out of nowhere – without a plan, Planner, and Builder?

Does it make any more sense to allow ourselves and our children to be a part of things that are damaging? If we, as responsible parents, knew that our children were inside a house where people were doing drugs, organizing crime, and otherwise presenting a present danger to them, Would we just leave them inside that house?

Or, Would we call our loved ones out of that house? That’s what I hear when I read the Scripture above – that is, God, in His love, encouraging us to get away from the things that present a clear and present danger to our souls… No, not our salvation, but our souls

“I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but not everything is constructive.

I Corinthians 10:23 (New International Version.) Some things aren’t good for us. They don’t take us from God’s hand, if we live there already. But they do create stress and fear and encourage us in damaging thoughts and behaviors.

I go back and forth about this, but I think: There’s a reason I wasn’t sure who might be a Christian – someone who could advise me about Christianity – when I started looking for a guide to my new life in Christ 6 years ago; and, it’s not good (the reason.)

I think we need to come out from “her -” Babylon (Babylon being representative of a confusion – a conflation, if you will, of religions, politics, and economics or, globalism.) We’re distracted and enmeshed with the same idols as unbelievers. And, so, it’s hard to tell us apart.

That doesn’t mean we aren’t Christians (made truly alive and set free from sin through faith in the name of Jesus Christ.) It just means: No one can tell – that is, that we’re any different from them. In that sense, we need to think about what we’re doing.

Lord Jesus didn’t ask that we be taken out of this world, but said that we aren’t of the world – that God Himself is a spiritual prophylactic (for lack of a better word), which sets apart whosoever acknowledges that he needs saving. But sometimes Christians let the world try to teach us how to think and behave. We speak and live from its fallen perspective. When we look around and realize that we’re dressed up as unbelievers is precisely the time that we need to come out from under a bushel to shine our light.

We need to come out from Babylon, because as Christians, it makes good sense.