After a two-week delay due to work and travel, the latest installment of my “Culture Making” series is now available on Christ and Pop Culture.
Crouch’s exploration and discussion of the implications “the glory and the honor of the nations” turns the common notions related to Revelation on their ear. When we read Revelation, and see all of the violent and disturbing imagery, from the oceans of blood to the lake of fire, it’s easy to assume that the primary tenor of Revelation is one of destruction, even annihilation, as God purges Creation of sin and judges the wicked. But if the Bible’s purpose is not, as Crouch claims, to talk only about some abstract “spiritual” reality, where does that leave us once sin has been conquered once and for all? What does it mean that our hope is for not merely a spiritual resurrection but a physical one as well? It means that we are left with culture, or as Crouch somewhat humorously describes it, “the furniture of heaven”. The heavenly city, in short, will be filled with the best and brightest cultural accomplishments of the human race.