Genesis 11 tells us about the Tower of Babel. People gathered together to build a tower to heaven. God confused their languages to defeat their purposes. The end.
Most applications of the story are about not trying to save yourself by good works–building a stairway to heaven (without being alarmed with bustles in your hedgerow). Or it’s about pride and how God wants to crush you.
The obvious application of the story, which I’ve never heard anyone say, is that God is against unity. He’s against people gathering together.
When I was a kid, I always did worse things in a group of other kids than I did alone. Collective stupidity is greater than individual stupidity.
Humanism was invented to gather humans to achieve greatness. The Olympic spirit. Can’t we all just get along? People are all for unity and bumper stickers tell you all the time to “Coexist.”
Everyone is for unity, which is how you know it’s wrong.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: The New Testament tells us there should be unity in the Body of Christ.
Indeed it does. Unity, however, is not the goal. Unity is a result of each individual growing into Christ. If each individual is determined to grow into Christ, there will be unity.
But, if unity is the goal, expect God to get left out.
Ecumenical movements spring up throughout Church History. Attempts to unify result in watered down doctrine. We end up with such rigorous statements of belief as “We believe in a god.” Any more depth than that, unity is gone.
When unity is the goal, God will be left out.
When people gather to celebrate how awesome they are and “look what we can achieve,” God gets left out. We’re not interested in Him; we’re interested in us.
This happened at Babel. It also shows up in Revelation. The Great City Babylon (notice anything similar about that name?) represents the one world government and one world religion. Unity. There will be temporal peace and celebrating of the awesome. Until it comes unhinged and eventually toppled.
Humans gathering to be awesome can be a dangerous thing. The Tower of Babel clearly tells us this.
Look at the places people gather to celebrate humanity: places like universities, Hollywood, Washington DC, I shall even suggest large cities in general. Notice anything about the reputations of those places? Anyone? Anyone? Those places predominantly vote for big government and have, as the news shows us every day, disgustingly, horrible morals.
Think Babel has some points to make there? I think so. What the application is, I shall leave with you.