When The Foundations Have Been Destroyed – Part II 10.16.2015

Last week, my column was entitled “When The Foundations Have Been Destroyed…

The title of this essay was inspired by a writing found in the Old Testament Psalms – Psalm 11.

In Psalm 11.1-3, the Shepherd, Warrior, Psalmist / Worship Leader – and eventual King of Israel penned these immortal words:

PSALM 11.1-3 – “In the Lord I take refuge;
How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain;
For, behold, the wicked bend the bow,
They make ready their arrow upon the string
To shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.
If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?”

Here were some of the key points that I attempted to make last week:

The men and women who came to the American shores shared many things in common:

  • A similar Language: they all spoke English; they were men and women who emigrated from England;
  • They all possessed a similar Worldview: they believed that they owed their lives and existence to their “Sacred Creator” who had revealed Himself (a Self-Disclosure) in the Holy Bible;
  • They believed that their Creator was and is worthy of Worship, Praise, Thanksgiving and Submission;
  • They shared a common Literature and literary tradition: The Colonists did not look at The Holy Bible as a good book; they saw the Holy Bible as The Inspired Word of GOD.
  • They Bible version they commonly used was known as “The Geneva Bible.”
  • The colonists had the same Viewpoint on “Family Life” – They believed that the Biblical model for family started with both Adam & Eve as our first parents; God created both Adam and Eve in His Image; in the image of GOD He created them; male and female…
  • The early colonists – and later the American citizenry – looked at Genesis chapters 1 & 2 as their paradigm for family living.
  • GOD instructed both Adam & Eve to be fruitful (prosper & work hard) and to multiply (procreate)
  • GOD looked at His creation as recorded in the first two chapters of Genesis and declared that what He created was indeed “very good.”

The reason that I point out what the “Colonists shared in common” is because contemporary America has forgotten a key central truth:  When a nation celebrates their differences and their unique diversity more than they celebrate the things that they share in common, then that nation is eventually headed for ruin and destruction!

Today, I would like to submit for our example a look at what happens when men and women lose their societal cohesion and fragment into diverse parts.

A look at the Old Testament narrative found in Genesis chapter 11 might be instructive.  This is known as the Story of “The Tower of Babel” [Genesis 11:1.6 – New American Standard Bible (NASB)].

Universal Language, Babel, Confusion

1 “Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words.

It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar [Babel] and settled there.

They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar.

They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.

The Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.

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.

Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”

So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city.

Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

This narrative is instructive on many different points (too many points to elaborate on in a single column – Smile!).

The word “Babel” literally means, “Babel was the Hebrew name for Babylon which means “gate of god.” But It was similar to the Hebrew word “balal” which meant to confound or confuse” [Christian Bible Reference Site].

The events in the Tower of Babel narrative take place sometime after the Flood narrative in Genesis chapters 6-9.  At this particular time, the whole known world was commonly referred to as Mesopotamia; human beings in what we now call “the Middle East” lived in the same geographical area and shared the same universal language.

The men and women who lived in the plains of Shinar [Babel] attempted to build a city that would reach as high as the Heavens.  The purpose for their building was described in the passage cited above:  (1.) “Come, let us build for ourselves a city,

– The men and women of Babel were attempting to develop cohesion and community life…

(2.) … and a tower whose top will reach into heaven,

– This endeavor of building a tower was an exercise in name recognition and pride (we do the same thing when we name stadiums, buildings, arenas, schools and businesses after famous people);  

(3.) and let us make for ourselves a name,

– Recognition and Eternal fame?

(4.) Otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.

– Self-Preservation?

– Longevity?

– Legacy?

In any event, the people in Babel were – (a.) United in their Purpose; (b.) United in the Language that they spoke; and (c.) they were United in the Execution of their short-range and long-range plans.

Even GOD Almighty was impressed with their unity as He averred that, [GENESIS 11. 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.”

Biblical scholars call this narrative in Genesis 11.1-6 “The Law of Unity.

In the next few weeks, this writer would like to explore how the proper application of “The Law of Unity” transformed the American colonists and later the United States into a nation with untapped potential into the greatest nation in the world with regards to (1.) Individual Freedom and Liberty; (2.) Economic Growth and Prosperity; and (3.) a positive force for “Good” Worldwide.

GOD Bless All of You!