Come out of Babylon
“Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins . . . as she glorified herself and lived in luxury” (Revelation 18:4, 7).
God owns all things. And those among God’s people who have more things than others should not feel convicted for such a station in life, so long as they are generous toward men and grateful to God. The apostle Paul speaks to this subject when he says that the rich “are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share” (1 Timothy 6:18). So, wealth is not in itself evil.
But, having said that, we must be careful that we don’t blunt the sharp edge of the biblical teaching on wealth and luxury. We are hard pressed to find teaching on, say, money, that is not contextualized by a warning about its dangers. Take, for example, the passage before us. There is a command for God’s people to exit the pompously luxurious trappings of Babylon, for her end is one of comprehensive judgment.
This demise of Babylon, by the way, is the precise fulfillment of what John said in 1 John 2:17: “And the world is passing away along with its desires.” Let’s make no mistake about it, brothers and sisters, the love of materialism is on a collision course with destruction.
What people ought we to be, then? We ought to be those who treasure Christ above all things, living for what will last and loosening our grip on what won’t. So, might we live today in a way that shows our allegiance not to Babylon but to Heaven.