If you have ever attended or viewed a sporting event, you have experienced humanity’s hunger for unity. Tens of thousands of people who may have very little in common gather for a few hours around the common bond of sports. Before long, complete strangers stand and cheer together and high five each other in a powerful demonstration of our inner desire to connect with others.
As Christians, this should not surprise us. We know that our trinitarian God is by nature relational, and He has created us in His image—wired for relationship with Him and others. The question is where will we seek the unity we crave?
The opening verses of the Babel account reveal how people often pursue unity in the wrong places—apart from God. The whole earth was united in one language (v. 1). They migrated and settled together (v. 2). They worked together (v. 3) and made plans together (v. 4) as they sought their collective glory together. Notice that God is not mentioned. The people were together but apart from Him.
And with that, the stage was set for God’s intervention. God was about to disrupt their plans and break the unity they achieved so that they could experience His plan for them to have true unity from Him.
How can the universal desire of people to belong, to be in relationship, open doors for pointing them to the source of true unity in Christ?