Pastors have the wonderful opportunity to model self-control in a world that prizes self-indulgence.
We live in a world of people who are trying to justify themselves — whether they know it or not, they are trying to make themselves right before God by saying the right things, doing the right things, feeling the appropriate shame, virtue-signaling enough so that they are declared righteous.
Revelation describes an apocalyptic battle between the city of Babylon and the city of God. The kingdom was launched in Genesis, challenged from the very beginning, and then consummated in Revelation. From the garden, through Abraham and David, to Jesus, to the church, we are desperate to know how the story will end. Will the people of God be rescued? Will their King return?