Re:Verse passage: Revelation 12:1-6, 13-17; 13:1-4, 11-18 (day three)
“The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” People are often surprised to hear that their actions have consequences for which they are accountable. And sometimes, people blame the church—or more commonly, “organized religion” (just a hair’s breadth away from “organized crime”) for making up this system. But accountability is not an arbitrary system, it’s a fundamental reality. And it’s certainly not an invention of the church. (Accountability gives too much credit to the moral reasoning of the individual; you don’t want to emphasize the value of each person if you’re just seeking raw power.) Accountability is the way the universe has worked from the beginning. And sinful humans cannot survive it, so God’s mercy has been right there all along—“from the foundation of the world”—to save our lives.