Before the fall, man had a glorious and exciting destiny to pursue. One people speaking the same language gaining dominion over all the earth for the glory of the one true God. However, after the fall, the ugliness of pride supplanted the glory of God in the hearts of men. The evil spread from generation to generation, even to the animals. Only the cleansing waters of the flood would push back the scourge of pride. But the damage was done. Pride had woven its way into the hearts of men.
On the plains of what is now Iraq man was again united with one language and one purpose. Only now the goal was not the glory of God, but the glory of men.
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:1-4
Man wanted to make a name for himself instead of God. They denied that their considerable abilities and talents were given to them by God. They thought they alone determined their purpose and aspirations. Over the course of history we have seen people driven by arrogant, self-serving pride. God was dismissed for the glory of man.
Now we have come to that point again. The heart language of pride has intoxicated 21st century America. We believe we can do anything. We can defeat cancer and other diseases simply by force of will. We can do anything we dream. We can rewrite the marriage covenant on man’s terms. We can pray to whomever we want. We can ban the mention of Jesus Christ from schools. We believe we can survive as a nation by electing the right leaders. It is the American spirit we revere, not the God of the Bible.
Just like on the plains of Babylon thousands of years ago, God is not oblivious to man’s pride. The Lord can disrupt the plans of people in a heartbeat. Don’t miss this opportunity to boldly proclaim the gospel. The Lord will bring honor to his name. He will not give his glory to another!
Let us unite under the banner of Christ. Let us speak the language of the cross. Let us live for the glory of God.