We Built a Tower

The real sin of Babel, as told in Genesis 11:1-9, is not trying to reach God but of building a fortress against being scattered. They used their unity to erect a fortress against change and diversity. God intervened so that God’s people would indeed fill the earth. This story of God’s people building mighty structures to resist change and diversity does not belong only in the recesses of Biblical history. The modern mainline churches have also built their own towers – of denominational structures, and God is doing some scattering.