Making Sense of the Chaos...Rebuilding the Tower of Babel

Written by Jeff Carlson on .

EU Parliament StrasbourgDoes anyone remember the "good old days?" I do. I remember growing up in a sheltered life in suburban Chicago. Life was good. We had fun summers that included swimming at the beach, camping trips, picnics with my family, fireworks on the 4th of July and a good public school where I played football and ran track. People knew Communism was wrong because communists didn't believe in God and we could sing Christmas carols at Christmas. People went to the same-sex locker rooms for PE (Physical Education) and boys never thought they were girls. No one ever talked about killing or impeaching the President in public and we had "In God We Trust" on our money. Men opened doors for women and kids went to the Principal's Office when they caused trouble instead of a lawyer. For some of us such things truly seem like another world today because it was, and I miss those days for myself, my children and America.

And while I miss the "good old days," I am not naïve enough to say that we didn't have problems back then. I was almost drafted during the Vietnam War and some of my friends were experimenting with drugs, so life was far from perfect. But these days it almost seems that we are seeing life move into a level of personal and societal chaos that is hard to explain. A good argument could be made that it is unlike anything seen in human history and it seems to grow more chaotic by the week. Honestly, who would believe some of the stuff going on today? I don't have the room in this brief article to cover the chaos. You all know what I am talking about. How much longer can we go on like this? Does this chaos have an endpoint, or do we just have to get used to it? These are but a few of the questions that everyone should be asking, but few seem to be anymore...even in church. Perhaps many feel there aren't any answers, or at least ones they can ask without offending someone in our politically correct world.
How wonderful then that the Bible gives a clear understanding of the chaos all around us and where this is going. You see the Lord is not surprised tonight. Everything going on today was discussed in the Bible in Genesis 1...right from the beginning. You see before the Lord created this beautiful world, it was immersed in darkness and chaos...just like now. In Genesis 1:2-5 we hear,
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
So, before the Lord began His work of Creation, the world was a very chaotic place, full of emptiness and darkness. Things changed when the Lord's Spirit began to move to bring order. Finally, the Lord spoke and there was light. The Lord then called the light "good" and it was separated from the darkness. That was the 1st day of Creation and everything else that was good, including us, was created after that moment of bringing God's light into a dark and empty world.

Of course, the reason our world is plunging into chaos and darkness tonight is because the Lord is being removed from society and the world. Without the Light of the World (John 8:12) to guide and make sense of things, the world is being overwhelmed with chaos and darkness...and the worst is yet to come. Sadly, many don't believe that fact. Surprisingly, there are increasing numbers of people in this world that love the chaos around us and want more of it, as long as they are in charge of it. These individuals are trying to take control of the world as we know it because they love the darkness more than the light and right now it seems they are winning.

Now of course, this current scenario we are seeing unfold is not new, it was here long ago. It started back in Genesis 11 where a group of people thought they could come together and run the world themselves. They didn't need or want God to be a part of this kingdom. Their efforts turned into what is called "The Tower of Babel." It was a bold idea, but what else would you call trying to build a world without God in the picture? We hear about these efforts in Genesis 11:1-4,
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, "Come, let's make bricks and bake them thoroughly." They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth."
The reason they called it "The Tower of Babel" was because it was named after the kingdom they were trying to build called "Babylon" from Genesis 10:10. Now the great irony of the names "Babylon" and "The Tower of Babel" was the fact that in Hebrew the names mean "confusion." The Bible is telling us that all their human efforts created nothing more than "confusion" because they had left the Lord out of their plans. Without the Lord to bring order out of "confusion" all we are left with is the conditions in Genesis 1 that existed BEFORE the Lord acted. So, what we are watching unfold today is nothing more than a world rebellion against the Lord similar to what happened thousands of years ago in the Bible.

Eventually the chaos created by "The Tower of Babel" was so great, that the Lord had to do something about it, otherwise the world would just fall apart on its own. So, in His love and mercy the Lord stopped the Tower and divided and separated the rebels from their building program and new world as we hear in Genesis 11:6-9,
The Lord said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other". So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
It would be great if people learned something from what happened in Genesis 11, but humanity is still trying to repeat the lessons of the past that failed. People today have created and are pushing for a global government and community without God. That movement is strong here in the USA and at the heart of the battles going on in our domestic politics. This movement started in Europe after World War II through the rise of the European Union or EU. The nations in Europe wanted to find a way to come together after two world wars so they could find unity and peace for a better world. Sadly, their charter made no reference to God, even though much of Europe professed a Christian Faith for over 1500 years. Clearly, the EU has been a growing model of political and economic unity without God, just like ancient Babylon and her "Tower of Babel." In a bizarre twist of events the EU even built a "tower" for their new government in Strasbourg, France (pictured here). How can we miss the parallels?

As we watch the world coming together with our growing technology to create global political and economic unity, we can't help but see the ancient Biblical patterns of the past coming to life. As the world moves away from the God of the Bible, the only thing that can emerge is growing chaos and confusion. We are living that reality every day now. The pattern that is unfolding is a warning from the Lord that we need to turn our lives back to Lord and live by His loving plans and not ours.

One day soon the emerging chaos that is unfolding around us will bring the Lord Jesus Christ back to the world He created. The idea that humanity can rule our lives without God will be proven to be the same lie it was in the Garden. As the chaos unfolds, everyone needs a Savior. We all need to run to the Lord Jesus Christ to find His grace, forgiveness and cleansing for our world. Only our Lord's finished work on the Cross can bring forth a new life of peace and order to guide and direct us through this season of world history. Even so come Lord Jesus.