The Same Sin Again

A reading for Friday, September 16, 2016: Genesis 11: 1-9.

This is the sin of the Garden of Eden and the Tower of Babel are the same. Adam and Eve wanted to be like God. They wanted independence and to build their lives according to their own designs. God was unnecessary for the outcome and the total absence of God is certainly one definition of evil. Those building the tower wanted to reach up to heaven, to be like God. They too independence and separation from God.

Truth is, we live in an age of the same sin. We live in an age that is totally enamored with our human ability to design and build our technology, our city, and our world. Humans are pretty impressed with our ability to control every outcome, even future life is subject to our manipulation of genes and chromosomes. These things are good and most of the time worthy to be celebrated. We are co-creators in the image of our creator God.

However lest we forget the creation story and the babel story, both with commandment and gospel. We are also created to live in relationship with dependency on God. God is the primary mover and actor in all of creation and all of life. If we continue to act in our lives as if God is not part of the mix, then we do so at our peril.


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