Nothing is Too Big to Fail

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Learning for Life: Resumes in September 
Worship Service: 10:00 am (during summer)

Bulletin: August 19, 2018

NewsletterSummer 2018

ScripturesRevelation 17 & 18Psalm 121Luke 21: 25-34

Songs

  • Be Thou My Vision
  • I Lift My Eyes Up
  • He Hideth My Soul

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

Rome was famously known as “The Eternal City”. To those crushed under its power, as many Christians had been, it must have seemed like Rome would indeed last forever.

John wrote, “In Rome was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slaughtered on earth.”

Fair enough if many were encouraged by the vision of Rome’s collapse.

But John’s’ point wasn’t to gloat. In fact, he included the laments of Rome’s benefactors. “Alas, alas, the great city, Babylon, the mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.”

Instead, Jesus was giving those who loved him an advance warning, “Come out of her, my people, so that you do not take part in her sins, and so that you do not share in her plagues.”

What exactly would that mean? How would a Christian have “come out” of the Roman Empire? How we answer affects us today.

For today we are also surrounded by institutions that seem too big to fail, with victims around the world in the interests of trade and order.

But there is still only one “Eternal City.”

What does it mean for us to “come out” of the empires of our time? big to fail, with victims around the world in the interests of trade and order.

But there is still only one “Eternal City.”