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Babel collapsing on people


Sandy Shaw wrote to the Scotsman and the Press and Journal. Both newspapers published the letter.


SIR –

Come let’s build a tower, the biggest tower that has ever been built. We will get bricks from other places so that our tower will be taller than anyone else’s, and we will make a name for ourselves.


What will we call it? Babel? No, that has been done before.

I know. We will take away three strong words and call it RBS.

We will put these letters everywhere. On rugby pitches and race tracks and everyone will recognise our tower.

But what if it becomes too tall and it topples upon people? People? What are people? Our concern is the tower.



Sandy Shaw,

(Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship}





Ed footnote:
The mass media are today's pulpits. The above is an excellent example of a Christian leader writing on a contemporary issue which is of universal interest in language that the unchurched person will understand but with clear biblical references.


Christians Together, 02/03/2009

Feedback:
Penny Lee 02/03/2009 22:49
I think the same illustration could also be used for the EU.
Peter Carr 03/03/2009 12:45
Wonderful! The global and national situation is affording Christians a unique opportunity to engage those outwith the 'church' in a fresh and dynamic way, maybe never known before in our lifetime!

Pity that we don't have a Christian political party that can give a bit more clout to the 'church' in the wider arena.
Crawford Harvey 03/03/2009 15:23
I hear you Peter, but let's not abdicate our individual responsibility to bear testimony anyway. And let's not forget that as we do so we already have all the 'clout' we need.

"I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you." (Lk 10:19)

Love you in the Lord!
Peter Carr 03/03/2009 15:44
I said, "Wonderful! The global and national situation is affording Christians a unique opportunity to engage those outwith the 'church' in a fresh and dynamic way, maybe never known before in our lifetime!"

If you read again the 1st part of my post you will see that I used the word 'Christians', I think that indicates 'individual responsibility'!

The 'clout' that you refer to is both individual (living stones), collective (established church) and para church. Therefore it is in reality collective responsibility for all profess the name of Christ as Lord, whether that be through you and I, the EA, CARE, CI, SCP etc, etc, etc...
Peter Carr 05/03/2009 11:37
Interesting to see in the news this morning that the Bank of England are to prop up the economy by printing more money. Sounds a wee bit like Nero fiddling while Rome is burning!

I guess this nation will try anything rather than turn back to the one true God! Ps 14: 1

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