No matter where you live, if you’ve been there for any significant length of time, then you tend to know where the “rough” parts of town are. However, some cities are more dangerous than most. Forbes recently released the most dangerous cities in America, and here are the ones that made the list:
- Detroit, MI.
- Memphis, TN.
- Oakland, CA.
- Louis, MO.
- Birmingham, AL.
- Milwaukee, WI.
- Baltimore, MD.
- Cleveland, OH.
- Stockton, CA.
- Indianapolis, IN.
It’s discouraging to think about how much crime is in our world. It’s scary to walk the streets and think about the potential danger. It raises concern for our family, especially our women and children. But this is what makes the idea of heaven even more appealing. In Revelation 21, we see a place that will be perfectly and eternally secure for a number of reasons.
- God is there (vs. 3).
- It has great and high walls (vs. 12).
- 12 angels protect the 12 gates (vs. 12-13).
- It has a strong foundation (vs. 14).
- It is in a cube shape (vs. 15-16), which was considered to be extremely strong.
- The gates will never be closed because there will not be any threats (vs. 25).
Even though the writer is speaking symbolically, to the first-century mind this would have painted the picture of an impenetrable city. Even today, heaven will be the safest place just because God is there. This is why God explains that there will be no death, mourning, crying, pain, or evil in heaven (vs. 4, 27). There won’t even be any night (vs. 23-25).
It’s ironic that the most secure place ever will be heaven because God is there, and yet the most dangerous cities on earth are in the places where God has been removed from the picture. It’s unfortunate that so many of our cities are riddled with crime, but this is why we can look forward to heaven and the eternally safe and secure place it will be. Heaven will be worth the effort. Let’s make sure we get there!