Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Babel Revisited

Dubai, a part of the United Arab Emirates, now boasts the tallest free-standing structure in the world. Passing the CN-Tower of Canada, the Burj-Dubai stands 1,831.5 feet above ground. Dubai is a booming area, and this tower is the latest of the Samsung cooperation's achievments.

I ask, why? Why build it? Is it about prowess, power, money, or a name?

The Bible tells a story of people who dwelt in the plain of Shinar who said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth" (Gen. 11:4).

Not far from the ancient plain, another tower now stands with similar goals. No matter how tall it gets, or how famous it or its builders may become, one fact remains:

"if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing, but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it." ~ Acts 5:38-39

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