And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”
The Bible does not deny the greatness of the city of “Babylon”. However, the city’s affluence does not make it immune to divine judgment.
Beloved, we must not depend on the apparent size, power or influence of our nations, cities or organisations. Even as individuals, our status, success and popularity are irrelevant as far as God’s judgment goes. Indeed, God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34)!
The reason for Babylon’s fall is twofold. Firstly, the great city is doomed because of her own iniquity. Regardless of stature, sophistication or prosperity, the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23).
Secondly, the huge metropolis is condemned because she induces others to sin. She uses her affluence for bad influence. Likewise, not only are we accountable to God for our own conduct; we are also accountable for the quality of our influence. Lord have mercy!
What sort of legacy are we leaving, beloved? What kind of example are we setting for our peers, neighbours and society? How good is our influence? Let us resolve today to live right and to shine the light. That’s the only way to ensure that our walk and our witness match.