“And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.”
Those who love sports often talk about teams that are a dynasty. When we say that they are a dynasty, we are saying that they are a team that has won multiple championships within a decade. One thing you will always see about a team that is a dynasty is that they are either loved or hated; there is no in-between with this type of a team.
One thing you will notice about teams that are a dynasty is that people love to see them lose because they hate that they are so dominant in their sport. When Michael Jordan played for the Chicago Bulls, many very good teams could have won a championship had it not been for Michael Jordan and the Bulls. The Bulls dominance during the Jordan era caused many to despise the Bulls because their team lost. When the Bulls finally lost, many were happy because their team now had a chance to win.
We are not dealing with sports teams in the Christian walk, but we are dealing with lives. When someone whom God has used mightily, or a church that was a well-known church has something bad happen, it is sad to see believers rejoice that someone has fallen. It is a sick and devilish mindset for anyone to propagate or rejoice over a believer who fell in sin.
In the verse above, a cry was made about Babylon, the great nation that was a dynasty of its time. The messenger cried at the notice of Babylon’s fall, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen.” When you look at the prophet Isaiah’s response to Babylon’s falling, you see a proper response that anyone should have about someone falling. When he heard of Babylon’s fall, the prophet said that he was pained like a woman that travaileth. He said that he was bowed over with sorrow at the hearing of this dynasty falling. You would think that the prophet would rejoice, but he didn’t. Why didn’t he rejoice? Because people made up that nation, and those people were hurt or killed because it fell.
My friend, the prophet’s response to the mighty falling is the same response that every believer should have when they hear of another believer falling into sin. It should pain the believer to hear of someone who has fallen. It should cause us to sorrow that Satan has won a battle against one of our own. Your response to someone falling should not be to publish that someone has fallen, but it should be to pray for that one to be restored. To rejoice over someone falling only reveals your jealousy of that person, or your hatred that they exposed your lack of Christianity. Now that they are fallen, you feel that you have an excuse to live a poor Christian life.
However, let me also caution the one whom God is using mightily. If God was willing to take Babylon down for her sins, don’t think that He won’t punish you for yours. It doesn’t matter how much you do for God; your accomplishments for God never excuse sin in your life. Just because God is using you doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want without God judging you.
My friend, let this example of Babylon falling be a warning to you not to rejoice in the falling of a believer. Let it also cause you to get rid of any sin so that you don’t become the next person that sin takes down.