“So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city” (Genesis 11:8).
The life of faith is, and is intended to be, an unsettling experience; never allowing one to feel rooted and connected to the systems of this world and the kingdoms of men. The dispersion and diversity of language recorded in Genesis 11 isn’t a punishment but a disruption to the natural human desire that longs to settle in one place. It is not a curse but an affirmation of the missional purposes of God. Scattering and inhabiting, not settling and cloistering, is the great commission task of the church.