And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there.
And they said one to another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.
And they said, “Come, let us build us a city and a tower whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”
And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the children of men built.
And the Lord said, “Behold, the people are one and they have all one language, and this they begin to do; and now nothing will be withheld from them which they have imagined to do.
Come, let Us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth; and they left off building the city.
Therefore is the name of it called Babel [that is, Confusion], because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth; and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
~ Genesis 11:1-9
The Tower of Babel. It might as well be called the human condition.
Not being able to communicate well is nothing new. Somewhere between the "LOL", "ROFL", "BFF" and whatever abbreviation we happen to create, our ability to communicate clearly has been lost.
What used to be as simple as letting our fingers do the walking, and dialing the phone, we now instead allow texting, tweets and snaps to control our speech.
No one seems to talk to each other anymore, and if they do, it seems that there is always some kind of technology attached to it!
My grandmother wrote beautiful letters. Her penmanship was artistic, and her words concise. She would call and speak to those she was concerned about, or would go and visit.
Thank God for birthdays and holidays, otherwise I'm unsure if I would ever get any real personal mail. I have to admit most mail that I receive is some offer for credit cards or value sale flyers.
It seems also that our ability to discern truth has vanished as well. I remember someone once telling me, "If it is on the internet, it must be true!"
Fake news and investigations has caused us all yo become a little suspicious.
Clearly, our need to communicate with one another has always been something that humanity has had to deal with, I guess that some things just never change.
While over the centuries theologians have debated scripture and what is being said. I am glad that when we get right down to the stories of God, and what God has done, there is this... God simply loves us.
Oh, I have read where God has been angry, while also realizing how God has also suffered for us through Christ. The times that humanity has turned away from the Creator, only to realize that our need for God is greater than any options available to humanity.
Imagine if God only shared with us as we share with one another? What would the world really be like then?
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.