May 10, 2022
"So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel--because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth."
We still live under the consequences of confused, changing, scattered language, don’t we?
I noticed a big sign along the highway that read “ADULT.” Usually I’ve learned to look away, because in many places the advertisement for “Adult” has connections with pornography or sinful nightlife. But the picture on this particular “adult” sign was actually an invitation for adult learning---reading, getting a degree, improving literacy skills for adults. It was like a recapturing of a word, ADULT, which is actually a good word encouraging maturing and growing.
But language changes, requiring us to define our terms and be more clear. When I was growing up, “adult” was something I wanted to become rather than something that is often unbecoming. “Gay” meant happy and “tweak” meant a positive adjustment rather than a high on drugs.
Some would say that the political correctness movement is causing us to babble. Words that used to communicate one thing now get confused. It’s not all bad, however. Communicating truth with precision and reducing ambiguity is a good thing.
Clarity comes with understanding God’s Word. I’m thankful that all God’s words in His Bible are inspired and useful for helping me grow up to be a mature adult in Christ (2 Tim 3:16, Eph. 4). I hope these words encourage you.
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matt. 24:35)
Connie Sue Larson says (May 10, 2022):
I am thankful that how God created everything in our world was for our good. Humans can try to change things but that doesn't REALLY change what He created. I am so thankful that His gifts for us are for our best.