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The Tower of Babel

Today is Whit Monday, now known as the Spring Bank holiday. Whitsun, as you know, is Pentecost and celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit when people from far-flung corners who had gathered in Jerusalem could understand Christ’s disciples, though they did not speak the same language.

This was a reversal of the Tower of Babel situation that God had created in the Old Testament when different peoples became unable to understand one another. It's interesting, isn’t it, that as we have swapped the celebration of Whit Monday for a secular holiday, we are increasingly governed by that Tower of Babel, the European Union.

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The EU building in Strasbourg is apparently modeled on Breughel’s famous Tower of Babel painting.
The EU's threat to freedom is covered here –

If there is one thing that unites a country, let alone the world, it is language. While much of the world has learned to speak English, and certainly it is the language of many successful countries, here in Britain we are returning to a Babelesque situation where enormous numbers of people don’t speak English. You daren’t ask your way in a city centre because so many people won’t be able to answer you, and in some areas election literature is printed in nine languages.

The Tower of Babel was imposed on Old Testament sinners as a punishment, while Pentecostal understanding and love was a gift. We appear to be throwing away our British gift of love, unity, and understanding in exchange for the highly questionable joys of diversity.

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