Love the Language?

Genesis 11:1-9
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, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
And they said, Go to, 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 builded.
And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Go to, 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 to build the city.
Therefore is the name of it called Babel; 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.

Have you ever gone into a Chinese restaurant and wondered what the staff are saying when they’re not speaking to you in English? Are they telling jokes to one another? Are they talking about you behind your back?

Having a unified language is an advantage. Some raise it to a political level and want English made the official language of their state or the whole country. Differing languages confound commerce and make educating children difficult.

If it weren’t for the conquests of Alexander the Great, the New Testament couldn’t have been written and widely read in Greek. Where would the message of Christ be then? How would you and I have heard the Gospel?

Science fiction stories–which mostly leave God out of things–tell of standardized planetary languages. Or universal translators help humans communicate with aliens.

It was when mankind sought to glorify himself that God intervened and confounded universal speech. He’s the one Who fostered diversity. When God wanted to glorify Himself, He allowed the Bible to be put into an understandable language.

The July “National Geographic” features an article that laments the loss of certain languages. Apparently modernity is destroying diversity and an important part of culture for certain groups.

If you’ve looked at “National Geographic” very much, you know they take a pro-evolution stance. They usually ridicule anything that gets too close to Scriptural truths. Man is supreme.

But could their article on languages be saying God did the right thing for once in Genesis 11?

How perverse is that? Do you see the irony of it?

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