Have you been to Babylon? The Hanging Gardens that once grew there are one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The city of Babylon also contains a tower with the inscription: “Tower of Babel Stele.”  What is the significance of this tower?
Millenia ago, all the people of the earth existed within the same geographic location and spoke the same language. That may sound like a fanciful account of history, but even if one does not accept the revelation that God formed the first man and woman, known as Adam and Eve, and that all human beings descended from this first man and woman, the most chaotic evolutionary theory still suggests that at one time the entire human race existed in one location and spoke the same language. According to Scripture, these ancestors of ours worked together to build a tower that reached to the heavens, known as the Tower of Babel.
The Tower of Babel was a magnificent accomplishment of civil engineering. It was, arguably, a source of great pride, perhaps even defiance. This tower allowed people to ascend to heaven, as though gods, or as though a people truly in touch with the gods or God.
The Tower of Babel Stele is also known as a ziggurat by the name of Etemenanki, meaning “temple of the foundation of heaven and earth.” Does that name sound a little arrogant? Did our ancestors form the foundation of heaven and earth?
That temple was dedicated to the Babylonian god Marduk, chief god of the empire. Marduk used a divine weapon called Imhullu to savage the earth goddess Tiamat in the Mesopotamian story of creation, Enuma Elish. Imhullu is “the atrocious wind, the tempest, the whirlwind, the hurricane, the wind of four and the wind of seven, the tumid wind worst of all.” Accordingly, the Mesopotamian story of creation is fraught with savagery and violent upheaval.
Contrast this savagery with how God revealed Himself to Elijah: a gentle whisper, a gentle breeze. When God saw the city and the tower the people made, He said:
‘Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.’ So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore it was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.
Why might God thwart human development? Could pride have been the reason? Pride hinders growth; pride makes us unworkable, like hardened clay. Pride caused Satan to turn from God. Filled with envy,  he attempted to exalt himself to the highest place in heaven. Pride caused Satan to fall, eventually leading to the state we’re now in, a state marked by the stain of Original Sin. Have this stain, how much easier is it for us to turn from God, marveling at the splendor of our own achievements? Are we not often tempted to say,
‘Even if He does exist, I don’t need Him. Look at the exactness of our science, our magnificent medicines, buildings and technology. Behold how little we suffer these days compared to our forebears… God had nothing to do with it. The thought of him only thwarted their advancement! There’s no God!’
Technology allows us to communicate with anyone anywhere in the world, auto-translated into their language, at the push of a button. How similar are we today compared to the people of Babel with respect to our ability to communicate and achieve great things? Is the possibility of this achievement the result of chance?
What happens when we become comfortable with our wealth and achievements but forget our Creator? If we do believe that He exists, how much easier might we say that God made us for a time of comfort, but he loved our ancestors less, so they endured more suffering? And, since this appears to be the case, why not just eat, drink and be merry… isn’t that God’s will for me in this age?
Does God favor those who are wealthy while forsaking the less fortunate who are more prone to suffer? What happens when we fail to acknowledge God and embrace the responsibilities such an acknowledgement entails, responsibilities that include loving our neighbors as we love ourselves? What can we learn from the leaders of the past? Let’s consider the actions of king Hezekiah…
At that time King Merodach-baladan son of Baladan of Babylon sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick. Hezekiah welcomed them; he showed them all his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his armory, all that was found in his storehouses; there was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them. Then the prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah, and said to him, “What did these men say? From where did they come to you?” Hezekiah answered, “They have come from a far country, from Babylon.” He said, “What have they seen in your house?” Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them.” Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord: Days are coming when all that is in your house, and that which your ancestors have stored up until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left, says the Lord. Some of your own sons who are born to you shall be taken away; they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “Why not, if there will be peace and security in my days?”
For the time being, let’s assume Babylon is an enemy, not just a foreign enemy that seeks to plunder, but an internal enemy that takes shape as we pride ourselves in our wealth and achievements, turning away from God or explaining Him away in some manner. How does America as a nation, and the American citizen, fare against this enemy?
From a national standpoint, which nations acknowledge a Creator in their founding documents? Where do we read of a Creator who endowed mankind with inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness or the possession of property?
Historically, Americans were heavily influenced by the Word of God. The truth of this influence in America’s leaders has been accurately described in David Barton’s “American Heritage” series. Not to endorse utilitarianism, but even if many of America’s founders denied aspects of God as described in Scripture, such as the supernatural occurrences, as were denied by Thomas Jefferson, their knowledge of Him served as a reference point for decision-making, helping them grow in wisdom. Going back to an earlier time, the people of God could be found under Hezekiah’s reign, for…
He did what was right in the sight of the Lord just as his ancestor David had done. He removed the high places, broke down the pillars, and cut down the sacred pole. He broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings to it; it was called Nehushtan. He trusted in the Lord the God of Israel; so that there was no one like him among all the kings of Judah after him, or among those who were before him. For he held fast to the Lord; he did not depart from following him but kept the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses. The Lord was with him; wherever he went, he prospered. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and would not serve him. He attacked the Philistines as far as Gaza and its territory, from watch-tower to fortified city.
If it easier to find the people of God under Hezekiah’s reign, how important is it that our leaders help to establish policies that promote truth, beauty and virtue? Most Americas describe themselves as Christian. But, do they acknowledge the responsibilities such belief entails? Do they show love for Him by abiding in His will, by following His commands and the teachings of the Church that He established through His Son, Jesus? Consider again what Isaiah said to Hezekiah,
“Hear the word of the Lord: Days are coming when all that is in your house, and that which your ancestors have stored up until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left, says the Lord. Some of your own sons who are born to you shall be taken away; they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”
Could this also be the fate of the American people? Will America’s lands continue to be mortgaged to foreign countries? As national debt increases, will America continue borrowing from foreigners? Will the children of God, adopted sons and daughters through baptism, be neutered and forced to serve others? What happens to a nation that fails to honor God? What happens when a nation’s public servants cease fighting for religious freedom, for freedom to teach and learn about Him? Are peace and security more important, as they were to Hezekiah, than our identity as a people of God?
As technology enables us to communicate at the touch of a button, as though we speak the same language and distances diminish, do we acknowledge God? Do we give Him all the glory? If so, we would strive to abide in His love by following His commands and beatitudes. Do we follow where the knowledge of a Creator leads, knowledge that encourages us to seek the protection of basic inalienable rights, locally and abroad?
Earlier in the Book of Revelation, John likens the city of Jerusalem to Sodom and Egypt. As the return of Christ draws closer and closer, in the streets of Jerusalem the bodies of two witnesses will lie for three and a half days. Both Sodom and Egypt herald the results of fornication with false gods: iniquity (Sodom) and the violation of human rights, leading to human slavery (Egypt). Do Americans engage in trade with countries whose governments protect basic human rights and human dignity? Do we allow a person to be paid an unfair wage and work in an unsafe environment where sexual harassment goes unpunished? Do we trade with countries that do not actively work to prevent prostitution and sex-trafficking? Will these forms of injustice continue as though our only concern is a low-priced product or service, as though our only concern is the economy?
Throughout the Old Testament, God reveals His desire for our purity, a purity that results in our seeking Him exclusively. His people are often described as His bride; He is the bridegroom. Accordingly, He is jealous for us. The 1st Commandment reveals this jealousy. In love, He will never abandon His bride, but will the marriage be a happy one if the bride neglects the bridegroom? Will there not be some form of separation?
The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church founded through Jesus teaches that marriage is one of the seven Sacraments. The Church encourages treatment of the bond of marriage as indissoluble. Sacraments are visible means through which the love of God is revealed. As we contemplate the love intended through marriage, we can begin to understand the offense our sin causes; the bond between husband and wife can scarcely tolerate fornication or adultery. Nonetheless, imagine the length a person in love will go to correct the injustice of fornication and adultery while hoping to restore that bond: imagine Jesus suffering for three hours on the cross at Calvary, shedding blood that perfectly atones for sin.
Our habitual shortcomings, our tendency to treat wealth, health, sports and accessories as though more important than our relationship with Him, are a form of idolatry, a form of fornication and adultery; they weaken the bond of matrimonial love He desires with each of us. It should not be surprising then that the more we neglect to love Him (1st Commandment), the more easily we neglect to love our fellow man (2nd Commandment), man who may find himself living in nations that fail to protect his basic rights, working for an unfair wage and without recourse for harassment. If we do not love our bridegroom, we are less likely to love our neighbor, also formed in His image, wherein we might find the strength to defend him when he cannot defend himself.
Consider how the Israelites lost the battle with Ai. During this battle their confidence melted away like water. Why did this happen? It happened because one Israelite, Achan, had taken devoted things [idols] that should have been destroyed, hiding them beside his tent. His disobedience impacted the whole body of Israelites.
“Israel has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant that I imposed on them. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have acted deceitfully, and they have put them among their own belongings. Therefore, the Israelites are unable to stand before their enemies; they turn their backs to their enemies, because they have become a thing devoted for destruction themselves. I will be with you no more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among you.” (Joshua 7:11-12)
God desires a loving relationship with each of us. This relationship requires purity, purity like you’d expect in husband and wife, devoted to each other, desiring to bring life into the world, intolerant of fornication or adultery. And yet, how many of us can relate to Achan? How many of us have things we’re devoted to before our devotion to God, thus breaking the 1st Commandment? Again, if we do not love our bridegroom and put Him first, we are less likely to love our neighbor, who is also formed in His image, wherein we might find the strength to defend him when he cannot defend himself. Accordingly, the Israelites, under Joshua’s leadership, were called to conquer Ai; if a nation permits the violation of human rights, a just war can and should result to liberate those whose rights are being violated, who cannot defend themselves. What has been the price of God-given human rights? Is not human history filled with violence? And how much of this violence would have been avoided if human rights were upheld?
Americans often pride themselves on freedom of religion, yet few seem to have the confidence to exercise that freedom, speaking the Truth wherever they go. And yet, as a nation, the ability to exercise this freedom in most public schools has been thwarted or is constantly under attack. If most Americans are Christian, they should desire that some degree of knowledge of Jesus be imparted through public schools, schools that allow the promotion of Christian virtue. In contrast, consider what is being taught at some schools through the notorious “hook-up” advocate, Nicolette Pawlowski…
“One-night stands can be exciting. They allow you to explore new positions and techniques, not to mention new people… If you insist on having sex while drunk, you should be comfortable staying safe while drunk. Next time you are a little tipsy, grab that condom and a banana or sex toy and practice putting it on.”
And why isn’t education that promotes Christian virtue more available? Could it be because another religion receives preeminence, i.e. the religion of scientism, or the religion that practices freedom from religion?
To believe that all things came from nothing is a belief, even if there is less philosophic and scientific proof. The second law of thermodynamics establishes that energy in the universe is going from a higher state to a lower state (entropy; gradual decline into disorder), suggesting an extremely high energy state at the beginning. A person should remain free to believe that all this energy suddenly appeared from nothing without being acted upon by a first cause, Unmoved Mover or Creator, but it is quite another thing to impose that belief on others as though it is factual, suggesting that alternative theories or beliefs cannot be explored or considered.
Most people naturally believe in something transcendent, and nearly all of man’s religious practices and rituals point towards the transcendent, whether as a personal experience of ultimate Truth or towards a Supreme Being, or Beings. Nonetheless, a person can be devoted, committed or faithful to a belief (and therefore, religious) that there are no such things as ultimate Truth, the divine, the transcendent, a Creator, Intelligent Design, or Unmoved Mover. In such cases however, intellectual assent is given to such a religious belief and there may be a system of practices and rituals associated with that belief, whereby it is promoted, sustained in the face of criticism, or one strengthens their resolve to support it.
Mankind is innately religious. There may be some who argue against this idea, but we must keep in mind that the rituals and practices associated with remaining faithful, devoted or committed to a belief or attitude can be entirely interior. We naturally gravitate towards rituals and practices that place us more in touch with what we believe to be true, divine or transcendent, whether found in scientism, materialism, hedonism, utilitarianism, beliefs about the origin of the universe or life that involve the presence or absence of a Creator, an understanding of the work or absence of Providence in history, or anything else. So, even if there is an absence of outward rituals or practices, this does not preclude a person from being defined as religious or engaging in a religious pursuit; a person’s faithfulness, devotion or commitment to a belief or attitude always requires some degree of effort on the part of the will, and this will always be associated with an interior ritual or practice to the extent that a person may reason from one side of an argument to the other, and ritually practice placing themselves on one side of that argument. Exteriorly, a favored belief or attitude can manifest as one kind of behavior over another, likely becoming more aligned with the imagination’s conception of its perfect expression the more often it is practiced. In summary, if a person can reason and stand for one view over another, which can lead to favoring and practicing one kind of behavior over another, they are being religious.
A religious belief that there is no truth, divine, and/or transcendent likely includes the belief that there is no ultimate accountability or responsibility for one’s actions, nor any need to act when action would otherwise be appropriate, except interiorly through continued consent of the will in sustaining such a belief. Nonetheless, we often see that this type of belief involves a substantial amount of work, such as the work of imposing that belief on others, whereby the prohibition of other forms of religious expression ensue. This is the work associated with the organization known as the Freedom from Religion Foundation, who seek to endorse a belief in the separation of Church and State, and speak of it as though foundational to America, as though mankind can be separated from his religious nature, whether serving in public office or not. You may have seen some of their work in the form of television commercials and/or lawsuits against public schools.
If it were necessary now to fight for religious freedom, would a class-action lawsuit of the people versus the federal and/or state governments solve the problem caused by the imposition of the beliefs of the Freedom from Religion Foundation? Does the freedom to practice one’s religion depend on how much money they have to defend it through legal services? Most public schools do not have extra money to defend themselves against lawsuits. Thus, federal and state governments need to protect public groups by prohibiting lawsuits from those who claim to have no religious belief, but who still wish to impose their religiously held beliefs, entailing that there are no rational grounds for religious belief, or that government, and by extension the people, should not hold any religious beliefs while serving in public or while within a public facility. When such protection exists, those whose belief in God involves a desire for their children to embrace the same faith, can fulfill this desire through the availability of appropriate classes in public schools. Many youth leaders, pastors, priests and deacons would love to teach a class at a public school but are unable to do so out of fear that the district will be sued by those in the “freedom from religion” camp, who are themselves religious, as described above, and engaging in a form of proselytization.
Learning about Jesus and practicing virtue should be a lifelong endeavor, and it makes sense that a government of the people, by the people and for the people would desire the cultivation of virtue as the practice of virtue leads to stable families; family is the nucleus of society. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Education that includes a history of the word of God towards man’s salvation, as taught by Jeff Cavins in “The Great Adventure Bible Timeline,” along with classical philosophy and historically accurate theology, can help students grow in virtue. Those students who desire to know more, or who have parents who desire them to know more, will have many opportunities to excel.
In contrast, through diminishing belief in a Creator who providentially paved the way for government’s acknowledgment of inalienable human rights, particularly through His only begotten Son, the most perfect image of the Father, we open the doors to fornication with idols and foreign ideologies. To correct this trend, voters must vote for leaders who publicly acknowledge Jesus in word and deed. We must encourage the development of positive laws that promote virtue; we must encourage the display of the 10 Commandments in public places; we must welcome the name of Jesus, Scripture and prayer in public schools. We must act when the servants of God are killed, when saints who share the Good News in foreign lands are captured, imprisoned, tortured and/or killed, we must defend them, we must not turn a blind eye!
Babylon represents polygamy to false ideas and gods. It represents a city of ideological tolerance at the expense of Truth, encouraging a man-centered lifestyle over a Christ-centered one, constructing a man-made tower as the “Foundation of Heaven and Earth.” It should come as no surprise that the longer we deny Truth, the longer will our debts accrue as our assets are carried off to foreign nations, as our people become more and more afflicted with crime, immorality and the systematic violation of human rights. In no way is this violation more visible than in the innocent boys and girls who are being ripped apart daily in their mother’s wombs. How can such an injustice to the human person remain legal? How can such a terrible act be permitted in a nation that acknowledges a Creator in her founding documents, a Creator who made us in His image, a creator who has given each of us inalienable rights! Have you seen the fruit of the Mother of Harlots, so drunk she can’t tell when life begins, those torn and bloodied bodies of little boys and girls? Do these boys and girls have no right to life? Is it okay for the Mother of Harlots to terminate your life and donate your organs for scientific research, wherein the facility performing partial-birth abortions and harvesting your organs may obtain monetary reimbursement for the costs associated with your death and the sale of your organs?
 New International Version of 1 Kings 19:12
 Contemporary English Version of 1 Kings 19:12
 Genesis 11:6
 Book of Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24
 Genesis 3
 2 Kings 20:12-19
 2 Kings 18:1-8
 70.6% of Americans can be classified as Christian (Pew Research Center: Religion & Public Life. Religious Landscape Study. Online. http://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/)
 Revelation 17:5
 Revelation 17:2
 Revelation 11:9
 Ezekiel 16:8-14; Jeremiah 31:32; Isaiah 54:5; Jeremiah 2:32; Ephesians 5:25-33; Revelation 21:2
 Joshua 7
 From the desk of Tom Brejcha, Founder and Chief Counsel… Thomas More Society. A national public interest law firm defending life, family and religious liberty. June 27th, 2018.
 The Vortex –Separation of Church and State. Michael Voris. November 12th, 2015. Online. https://www.churchmilitant.com/video/episode/vort-2015-11-10
 Frederick Douglas
 John 14:9
 Dalieden, David. With firm’s prosecution, Planned Parenthood’s house of cards is starting to fall. December 14th, 2017. Online. http://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/364998-with-firms-prosecution-planned-parenthoods-house-of-cards-is-starting-to