by Fady Eldeiry
…What comes to mind
So, Thomas Friedman talks about 2 dates: 11/9 and 9/11… I have a third date! Genesis 11/9… “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.”
Globalization was at its fullest pre-Genesis 11/9. In fact it’s never been like that since. People spoke only one language and with a common speech; no other language even existed, and there were not even different dialects. They lived in peace, worked together for a common goal. The problem is that their goal wasn’t very godly! So, God confused their tongues and scattered them all over the earth… He actually divided them!
I’m not a theologian, but here’s what I’m thinking. It’s almost 2009, we have the Internet (common language), most of the world can speak English, we have so many goals in common, like the global economy. We depend on each other so much that if a bank crashes in the US, another follows in Europe and China and other places… There’s also scrambling and scattering: Viruses, Internet security, multi-platforms, all the bad stuff we use the Internet for, terrorism, hatred, people just don’t understand why others are doing what they’re doing… and on and on!
What I’m learning from all this, is that we need to make sure God is in the center of all this. If we’ll learn from history, which I think we try to in general, this is a good lesson to learn from. If we only depend on each other, and forget God, we’ll stay scattered and confused. That’s what happened in Genesis 11/9… He binds us together.
We can use technology for so much good, and God has given us a perfect opportunity to use it for good. So, we have so much work to do!
Got a lot o’ work to do! Bye now!