Day 13

December 15

Revelation 7:9-10

9 "After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10 They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne and to the Lamb!”

Between the Cross and the Throne

by Erin Moniz, D.Min.

I can't read this passage without thinking of the Flannery O'Conner short story, "Revelation” and the character of Mrs. Turpin. A proud woman, she relays her distaste for seemingly uncouth neighbors in her vicinity. The story closes with Mrs. Turpin experiencing a vision like the one in our passage. Only in her vision, the multitude ascending to heaven includes a segregated group of those she considered beneath her. In the rear were people like herself, proper and singing on key. But despite this, Mrs. Turpin becomes weak in the knees as she realizes that even the good and proper things about her group are being burned as they go.  

Advent is apocalyptic.  

In the Christian tradition, Advent Season is as much about the end of days as the impending birth of Christ. The Revelation passage unveils a picture of a people being called home. Worshipping in white robes as pilgrims reaching the end of their long journey. But who are they?  

They are from everywhere. Every people group is represented. Like in Mrs. Turpin's vision, they are the not just the global church, but they are the full spectrum of sinners and saints. But even in their great diversity there is unity. They are washed in the blood of the Lamb. And what holds them together is revealed in their shared confession: "Salvation belongs to our God." This becomes their new identity.  

This Advent, your identity sits between the Cross and the Throne. In this tension of the already and not yet Kingdom of God, we discover who we are and how to live. Moving forward in faith, we, like Mrs. Turpin, watch our entanglements burn away. 

About the Author

Erin Moniz

Erin Moniz, D.Min.

Rev. Dr. Erin Moniz is an Associate Chaplain and the Director for Chapel. Her work includes overseeing Baylor Chapel and the team that leads all the various services and offerings. She is part of the Spiritual Life staff in ministering to the spiritual needs of the Baylor community including pastoral care, teaching, worship leading, and speaking. She comes to Baylor from Berry College where she served for nine years as the Assistant Chaplain to an undergraduate community. 

Rev. Dr. Moniz is active in spiritual formation, mentoring, discipleship, and programming for emerging adults. She is a trained conciliator and has a passion for conflict-coaching and third-party mediation. In addition to preaching, guest lecturing in college classes, and a variety of public speaking engagements, she also writes and contributes to several publications such as: Christianity Today, AMEN (Anglican Multi-ethnic Network), Anglican Compass, and Mutuality Magazine. Rev. Dr. Moniz is ordained as a Deacon in the Anglican Church of North America. She received her academic and ministerial training at Berry College (B.S.), Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Trinity School for Ministry (D.Min.). When she is not traveling with her husband, Michael, she enjoys gardening, playing music, and the outdoors.