- Genesis 11:1,7 (NKJV) Now the whole earth had one language and one speech.
- 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
Years ago I was a big fan of talk radio. During that season I had no right to throw stones at people who were addicted to soup-operas. Every day I’d find myself trying to have an excuse to be near my AM radio station in order to listen to my favorite talk show host. On the other hand, there were some talk show hosts that I would immediately turn off. Why? Because I didn’t like what they were saying. I listened to the ones that shared my point of view and tuned out those who didn’t.
Therein lies a huge problem.
Never confuse conformity with unity.
Human history would be a lot different today if there had been a few dissenting voices back in the day when our forefathers got the bright idea to disobey God and settle down in one place and build a tower. The problem was not that they all spoke the same language; the real problem was they all spoke the same thing (Genesis 11:4).
By nature, we like to associate with people like ourselves: people who share our likes and dislikes, people who like to do the things we like to do, people who share our values and faith, etc.
This is not all bad, but it is not all good either.
The voice(s) of dissent are needed voices (think John the Baptist, i.e. a “voice crying in the wilderness”); beware when everyone is saying the same thing you are saying—that is usually a portent of trouble.
The ONE THING for today is: Value the dissenting voices around you. Minimally they will help you refine your own values and strategies and who knows, they may help you change your mind.
22 Without counsel, plans go awry,
But in the multitude of counselors they are established.
Proverbs 15:22 (NKJV)