Monday, January 19, 2009

Why “One-World” thinking has not been a good idea.

6    The LORD said, "Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.
7    "Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another's speech."
8    So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city.

Genesis 11:6-8


Yes, I believe and know that God intervened in the course of human history to fragment humanity by tribe, and tongue, and nation. The reasons for this are clear: Man tends to unite around selfish and evil purposes that work against God. This is not a good thing. When humanity is forced to understand itself through cultural divide, believe it or not, this is a good and humbling thing.

I know that there is a bit of irony in the fact that I am commenting on this in a way that will be accessible to any human being with a computer across the planet. And English is the “de facto” language of the Internet. And in a way the Internet itself is a new tower of Babel that is bringing humanity together. (Well, except for the way meta-comments deconstruct a line of thought, and lead to personal attacks). But this is a dangerous prospect.

I also know that when humans unite outside of the gospel, they do so outside of God’s will. That is why the only “one-world” vision I will embrace will be in John 3:16, where God loves the world, and in Philippians 2:11 where every knee bows and every tongue confesses that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

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