I have the honor of writing for Red Letter Christians today, which is one of my favorite blogs, about the role that the book of Revelation should be playing as we try to figure out God’s place in a violent, unjust world. Hint: It’s not here to help us spot a future “Anti-Christ” figure…
Injustice appears to be the main thread running through the news these days.
Systemic racism has been exposed when a police officer, according to all eyewitness accounts, murdered an unarmed African American teenager.
Islamic State militants have killed religious minorities in Iraq and continue to threaten thousands upon thousands of Christians.
Violence could erupt again at any moment in Gaza.
These national and international events are but a cross section of disturbing news in our world that range from persecuted Christians in China to the staggering number of African Americans who are locked up for longer prison sentences than whites.
Who could fault anyone for asking, Where is God in the midst of injustice and persecution?
The writers of scripture give us a compelling answer to this question, but many Christians today–especially Christians in the West–have missed it. That is because the Bible, in part, deals with our questions about God’s place in an unjust world through the book of Revelation—a book that many have tragically (and, at times, comically) misunderstood.