Babylon and Oppression

I talked a little about oppression, what it means, and how oppression can relate to violence, corruption, veneration, and coercion. The one thing about oppressors is how they can take advantage of the weak. For example, the oppressed can commit crimes, and the crimes are punishable to the fullest extent of the law, while the oppressors commit crimes, and they will get away with it. Black people try to oppress justifiably and ignore it while making black accountability the root cause, not to mention kneeling for the national anthem as a root cause.

Blacks and whites say that no one should kneel over the national anthem and that the United States should respect the Flag. There is the Flag, and there is the military. As Americans, it is a right to be able to protest. There are protocols to follow, but protesting is a part of our democracy. The fact that blacks should keep everything as it is is a disgrace. I hear from black people that there were issues back then about racism and discrimination based on treatment. To whoever says this, do you understand why you feel this way? Because our ancestors made way for us to try to live better. They fought to get where we are at today. It’s not; let’s fight and then stop. You continue to fight and protest every day to make sure we don’t go backward. Our ancestors paid many consequences for doing this, so most blacks who don’t believe in racism and discrimination see it as no such thing. Do you work hard to get your first paycheck and then stop? No, you continue to work hard to ensure you are getting compensation every single time. That’s what black people are doing to ensure we don’t go back to the times of segregation and Jim Crow laws. The way people talk about the Flag is pure Idolatry. It’s a shame to see people get disrespected for protesting during the national anthem.

Idolatry happened in Babylon. We will get to that in a moment. In Genesis, chapters 10 and 11 are where we learn about Babylon. Babylon takes over the Ancient Near East, which includes sacking the city of Jerusalem and razing the temple of God, which is found in 2 Kings 25. Torah mentioned the ancient Israelites were enslaved (meaning the practice of enslaving prisoners of war eventually died out and cause someone to lose their freedom of choice or action) in Egypt for 400 years; this is found in Genesis 15:13 and Exodus 12:40. Several surrounding nations oppressed the Israelites. Babylon is a nation that distinguishes itself in biblical narratives, and the authors described Babylon as flesh-and-blood. When the citizens of Babylon have god-like status, meaning being able to elevate themselves, that’s how the authors described Babylon. Genesis 11:4, “and they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” It’s a significant accomplishment that it is done and that there are human interactions and how to see God. When you have God-like aspirations, things happen. Isaiah describes this in Isaiah 14:12-14. “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of the assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Highest. Habukkuk 1:11 talks about how Babylon military worship their own and do not have the God-like mind, such as Idolatry. Reading verse 11, it says, “Then they sweep past like the wind and go on – guilty people, whose own strength is their God. When you ignore others for the pleasure of your success, but make sure that others don’t get to try to make a change, show a real sign of Idolatry, worshiping your own. When people protest, it is not a bad thing to do. It is a sign of the oppressed looking for a change, and nobody should be stopped from protesting and wanting change. The American Flag should not be something you idolize. Habukkuk 1:14-16, humanity is supposed to be like the sea fish- no need to be dominated by rulers to enjoy the ocean. Verse 14, “You have made the people like the fish in the sea, like the sea creatures that have no ruler. Verse 15, “The wicked foe pulls all of them up with hooks, he catches them in his net, he gathers them up in his dragnet, and so he rejoices and is glad.” Babylon’s taste for conquest and domination is like the fisherman’s with a net. Verse 16, “Therefore he sacrifices to his net and burns incense to his dragnet, for by his net he lives on luxury and enjoys the choicest food. Greed lives with the oppressors. Every chance they have to get an advantage, they will. Oppressors will make sure the oppressed won’t talk. The empire of Babylon doesn’t last forever. Persian King Cyrus the Great overthrows Babylon and allows nations and Israel to have lands and practice their religion. The word Babylon symbolically refers to oppressive, exploitative systems. The spirit of Babylon lives on, but they were not in charge, which is found in 1 Peter 5:13. John writes down a vision of a mysterious woman named Babylon. She entered all the kingdoms of the world. The first oppressive empire represents humanity’s tendency by evaluating themselves to God-like status by oppressing and dominating the world around Babylon. The writers of scripture believe that shortly after humans founded the empire of Babylon, God began sowing the seeds of a different sort of kingdom.

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.