This week at the seminary was Academy Week – we get to hear several speakers come and talk about a variety of topics. One of the speakers talked about Revelation and how it wasn’t about predicting the future so much as being written in opposition to the Roman empire – you know, the empire that was crushing people in the known world, that promoted the idea that peace came through crushing one’s enemies, and that everyone must bow and worship Rome.
At any rate, the speaker went on to tell us that a good part of Revelation is actually a funeral for Rome. It’s the idea of insulting Rome by showing that if it continues on the path it is heading, it will lead to its own demise and death. And so Revelation is a funeral pronouncement on Rome and everything that goes with it. It’s also casting an alternative – the reign of God and everything that goes with it.
This got me thinking about the idea of writing a funeral in advance. It’s a powerful notion. The whole idea of writing a funeral in advance is a direct smack in the face of whoever/whatever the funeral is for.
It got me wondering, who or what would I write a funeral for in advance?
That’s not an easy question.
Maybe it would be for partisan politics. The message would be that if partisan politics continues on its path, then it will inevitably lead to its own demise and death. The power that parties seek will be the same power that crushes them. But there is an alternative.
Maybe it would be materialism. The message would be that if materialism continues on its path, then it will inevitably lead to its own demise and death. The stuff that materialism seeks will finally just bury us alive. But there is an alternative.
I think you get the idea.
What would you write a funeral in advance for?