“Now the whole earth had one language and one speech.”
Unity is a hot topic today, in the church and in the world. Many economists see global unity as the best solution for prosperity. Many politicians see unity as the only hope for peace, and within the church, many see unity as the only way toward the advancement of the gospel. While I believe unity is important, I also recognize that it is critical what we unite over. There was no time in human history where there was a greater sense of unity that in the days of Babel. We read, the people congregated together with a single language and purpose. Tragically, that purpose was opposed to God, rather than submitted to Him. One can only imagine what could have been accomplished by these men if they had used their unity to be submitted to the ways of God.
Paul spoke of the unity that we have in Christ when he wrote,
“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
One thing is certain, as believers, we do not need to create unity. We are united in Christ. Attempting to lay aside essential doctrines or practices for the sake of unity, is to fail to see that God has already united us. As the world moves toward Babel, we must remain faithful and true to the teaching of the word of God. More than ever, the world needs people who will be committed to God.