The Tower of Babel in America

Please don’t think the Bible is just a book to teach us how to prepare for eternal life.  The Bible has great relevance to every day life,

‘For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us….’  Romans 15:4

Let us look at an event that people often think is of no relevance today.  It is about a city and a tower, 

‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.’  Genesis 11:4 

Note:

  • They wanted to make a name for themselves. 
  • They wanted a tower to reach heaven. 

Both are indicative of one thing: no God, please!

Despite the millions of Americans who are followers of Jesus, the anti-God factions have been fighting against God.  It seems as if God said, ‘Fine, have a society without Me.’  

What happened to the people in the time they built the city and the Tower of Babel?  They wanted unity and not to be scattered over the face of the earth. Dit it happen?  No, God confused their language (Babel means ‘confusion’) and the project stopped and they were scattered.  

Conclusion

Look at what has happened in America – did unity not fall to the ground as confusion took over just like the Biblical example?

An outsider’s take on America

It is interesting to observe what is happening in the United States of America.  The question I, an outsider, not an American citizen, but very interested in the news from there, ask myself is, do we have a repeat of the Tower of Babel? Genesis 11:1-9    

The people who migrated after the great flood in Noah’s time, travelled east and decided to build a city, 

‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the earth.’  Genesis 11:4

Note that at the basis it was opposition against God’s instructions: 

  • They refused to fill the earth as God commanded.  
  • They desired to make a name for themselves, not honor God.  
  • They began to build a tower that will reach the heavens, God’s dwelling place.  

In short, it was rebellion against God.  What was God’s answer? 

‘Come, let us go down and confuse their language, so they will not understand each other….  So the Lord scattered them from there all over the world, and they stopped building the city.’  Genesis 11:7-8

Do the words ‘division and destruction’ depict what is happening in America?  

Two other words are ‘confusion and scattering.’  Jesus warned, 

‘Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.’  Matthew 12:25 

Conclusion

Nobody denies that there are millions of serious followers of Jesus in America.  The Church in America has been a blessing all over the world for many years.  Despite that, the division, confusion and destruction of Godly values in America is serious.

As we observe, from an imperfect nation, what does Jesus expect?  Prayer for our leaders so we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  1 Timothy 2:1

Why is there confusion in our modern societies?

People are curious to know if the Bible is still relevant for today.  After all, wasn’t it written centuries ago?  Isn’t the Bible only for religious people who pray, go to church, give money, et cetera?  

Actually, no.  The Bible is universal because it reveals God’s plan for man.  That plan is to establish an eternal new country where He rules as the Head.  The citizens will be people who accepted God’s Lordship on this side of the grave and will therefore enjoy His benefits eternally. 

#  Yet we live in a time of opposition to the Bible and God.  

  • For example, it is anathema to teach the Bible in schools; it is frowned on to talk about the Bible on campuses.  Free speech means about anything, except what God says in the Bible.  
  • Politicians as well as social media giants like Facebook and Google, take exception to ‘hate mongering.’  That means people are uncomfortable when it comes to the message in the Bible that, ‘…God now commands all people everywhere to repent.’ 1
  • Psalm 2:1-2 says, ‘Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?  The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His Anointed One.’  It is remarkable that we see this opposition all around us.  The Western World is very much engaged in getting rid of the God of the Bible.

#  There is an incident in Genesis 11:1-9 that clearly illustrates this. 

  • The history of the Tower of Babel shows us what happens when nations, cities or societies write God out of the equation or embrace other standards.    
  • Confusion was the result.  God confused their language so they could no longer understand each other.  As a result they were scattered all over the earth.  The tower of Babel explains the origin of different languages and cultures. 
  • Even in the Church there is confusion.  Some say this, some claim that, and the debates almost never stop.  If it was only about ‘small’ things like wearing a hat to church, it would not have mattered.  
  • But today many begin to question the Bible in the first chapter, at the creation.  They skirt around it and declare that it is some kind of metaphor.  They ask, was Jesus resurrected?  Is He the Son of God?  It is question upon question.

#  Confusion reigns in many modern Western countries.  

There is no consensus about what marriage is, whether a person is a male or a female, et cetera.  They have nice words for such confusion.  It is  ‘politically correct,’ ’gender fluidity,’ ‘diversity.’  It sounds wonderful, but it must be quite confusing when there is no authoritative guide and the only authoritative guide, the Bible, is either outright banned or frowned upon.   

Conclusion

There will be confusion in a society that rejects truth as expounded in the Bible:  

  • Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. 2  
  • The Word of God is Truth. 3 
  • The Holy Spirit teaches us about Truth (the Living Truth, Jesus) and truth (the written truth, the Word of God). 4  

References

  • Acts 17:30b
  • John 14:6 
  • John 17:17
  • John 16:13
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