Counsel of Chalcedon

O Babel and Obama

“The story of Babel (Gen. 11:1-9) suggests an important and timely question. Babel was an attempt to preserve the original oneness of mankind. But in man’s fallen state it resulted in an arrogant self-sufficiency which challenged or ignored the authority of God. It was totalitarianism. To prevent this arrogance from achieving its goal, God scattered the peoples and confounded the tongues. Division and separation were necessary to prevent godless and tyrannical centralization of power in a superstate. Christianity is a truly unifying force, which transcends the barriers of nation, race, language, and temperament. But only Christianity can prevent the super-state from becoming a tyranny such as the world has never known, with a concentration of power in the hands of the few which would reduce the many to utter slavery.