“Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves” -Genesis 11:4(NIV)
Recently, I looked back at a study completed by the Barna Research Group that sought to determine how an individuals’s worldview connected with their moral beliefs and actions. The results were startling, specifically as it relates to whether or not Christians embrace a “biblical” worldview when confronting the realities of life. Only a dismal 9 percent of “born-again” believers integrate core biblical principles in their response to the many culture and societal challenges we face as a nation. Let’s journey back even farther to those who sought to build an edifice and a city out of their own imaginings devoid of divine insight, the builders of Babel. Much as in our day, those ancient Babel builders saw the great disconnect between heaven and earth. Since the Fall, the hearts of men yearned to make the reconnection. They knew the earth was devoid of love, mercy, justice, peace and joy. If we could just construct something that could make the world as it should be, they mused, all would be well. It is important to remember the context of their endeavor in that day. There was a prevalent belief among the nations that the gods resided in higher places closer to the heavens, so if they could build something higher they could experience the blessings of a spiritual world. But God had his plan. It was a powerful redemptive plan of restoration that only his mind could imagine. He would come DOWN to dwell with his creation on earth. Instead of waiting for God’s mind to be revealed through worship, they decided on the creation of their own utopia. This act was in such defiance to the ways of God that the fullness of the Godhead was involved in its demise. “Come let us, go down”, us as in the Hebrew plural of God, Elohim was heaven’s response. The destruction their thinking would produce moved God to act quickly and decisively. Today, our nation faces seemingly insurmountable challenges that without divine solutions threaten to destroy us from within. An entire generation has been led to believe that the teachings of the bible are for the intellectually stunted, when in fact there is no greater mind in the universe than the mind of Christ. Christians in America need to understand that if we continue to align our hearts with a secularized view of the world, we will be partnering with the construction of humanistic solutions destined to fail. We need to boldly and lovingly release divinely inspired strategies that challenge old ways of problem solving. When we witness many of our own humanistic efforts falter, we can draw great hope from the life of Abraham . It was just a short time after the failure of Babel that God visited Abraham, extracted him from the Chaldean ways of worship and gave him a promise. Abraham’s “yes” changed the world because he chose to lift up his eyes and see the city whose builder and maker was God. One could only imagine that view.
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