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United we divide

Good Morning today is March 12, 2010 and it is a particularly special day for two reasons.  The first is Norfolk Panthers boys team have made it to state semifinals and in about 5 hours we will find out if they will be playing for the championship.  But more importantly this day is special because it is my dad’s birthday. So Dad I just wanted to say thank you for always pressing morality and ethics in my life.  If it wasn’t for you, and Mom’s understanding and grace; I wouldn’t be the man I am today.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY.  For the rest of everyone else out there on the net; today I like to talk about unity.  Here we go.

This week at The Shift (Jr High youth group) we talked about the Tower of Babel as it’s mention in Genesis 11 now for those of you who don’t know the story here it is:

Genesis 11: 1-8

Genesis 11

The Tower of Babel

1 At one time all the people of the world spoke the same language and used the same words. 2As the people migrated to the east, they found a plain in the land of Babylonia[a] and settled there.

3 They began saying to each other, “Let’s make bricks and harden them with fire.” (In this region bricks were used instead of stone, and tar was used for mortar.) 4 Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.”

5 But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building. 6 “Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them! 7 Come, let’s go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won’t be able to understand each other.”

8 In that way, the Lord scattered them all over the world, and they stopped building the city. 9That is why the city was called Babel, [b]because that is where the Lord confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world.

Now some of the youth were curious and I was too when rereading and studying this passage they asked why would God care that their united? (Verse 6)?  I mean after all isn’t unity a good thing what is God doing why did he care? After reviewing the passage again and speaking with some people about this passage.  I believe the issue of unity isn’t the problem but rather the topic of self-sustainment is.  Think about what the world would be like if everyone spoke the same language.  Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, Latin. Etc…  How can that be bad right?  Think about it there would be fewer wars, maybe less hate crimes, no one being passed over a job because of language or background.  Everything would be great. EXCEPT… Where would God fit into the picture then, if we all spoke the same language came from the same background because the Lord wouldn’t have scattered us.  There be no persecution, be no struggles, and be no faith.  We would think there is no need for God because we would believe that we could do everything on our own and we miss out on the huge opportunity to know God as our friend.  Maybe were actually more unified since God divided us

Just my thoughts… what do you think


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