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.”—Genesis 11:4 NASB
The ancient Babel Union (BU) we read about in Genesis 11, was in many ways on the cutting edge of political science. Technologically advanced, they devised a scheme to funnel all the hopes and dreams of the people into one grand global vision. The vision would of necessity include polytheistic religious freedom. After all, this was gonna be no restrictive “One nation under God.” Freedom! Babel would be governed by the people, for the people. Babel was in control.
The BU promised a bold, prosperous new world of technical progress. A new moral standard was in town, and along with it a new identity as a citizen of Babel. The BU is representative of all civilizations that jettison Christ as Sovereign and arrogantly seek to make a name for themselves apart from their Creator; they share a common destiny: they break apart. The European Union (EU) and the American Union (USA) both fall in this class. The former Soviet Union has already been down this road.
The recent vote by Britons to exit the European Union should come as no surprise. The EU and USA are both headed for breakdown. Don’t be shocked to see a “TEXIT” in the near future. Psalm 9:17 reminds us,
“The wicked will return to Sheol, Even all the nations who forget God.”
Even so, the breakdown of godless political unions is not without divine purpose. The end will justify the means. The thwarting of these futile schemes encourages nations in turn to seek identity in Christ, in whom real security, stability, endurance, and hope is found.
The ultimate destiny of all nations is to enthusiastically recognize Christ as Sovereign.