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Every Believing Babylonian

Our small slice of the evangelical pie is consumed with proper theology proper. We want things to be clear and orthodox, and that’s good, but the problem is that the cross is both of those things and still not clean. The centerpiece of God’s work, the vital part of the gospel, is not common sense. It’s foolish. And even worse, it’s not “righteous” from a righteous man’s perspective. It’s a scandal. It’s an offense.

Habakkuk struggled with how God could judge a more righteous people by a less righteous people. Put side by side, Jehoiakim was weak and slimy but Nebuchadnezzar was a brutal bully worshiping himself. What would Habakkuk have done with God taking out the judgment of those less righteous people on a perfect man? What would Habakkuk have said if the Babylonians had done the damage ordained by the Lord, and then someone else took the judgment they deserved?

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God (1 Peter 3:18 ESV)

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV)

The righteous for the unrighteous, Jesus for the rebels, Jesus for every believing Babylonian. This is not right, not proper or pleasant, except that it is theology preeminent, theology primary, theology predestined. It is the only theology that saves, the only theology worth singing about.