United in Ungodliness

United in UngodlinessText: Genesis 11:1-4

When the people decided to work together to build the Tower of Babel, they were united. However, what they decided to do was not God’s will; so He scattered them. Just because people are united does not mean that the action/result is good. There are a few examples in the book of Genesis that illustrate this.

Why Unity Is Desirable

  • Strength in numbers (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12) – there is a natural desire for safety/security; being aligned with the majority provides this
  • Sense of acceptance (John 12:42-43) – the world loves its own (John 15:19); there is a temptation to “follow the masses in doing evil” (Exodus 23:2)
  • God commends unity to us (John 17:21) – however, not every type of unity is good; we will see this in the examples we’ll discuss

Examples of Unity in Ungodliness

  • United in wicked thoughts (Genesis 6:5) – all of their thoughts were evil; Noah was the exception (Genesis 6:8-12); the rest were corrupt; thoughts are a reflection of character (Proverbs 23:7); they were wicked, but of the “same mind” (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:10)
  • United in an arrogant work (Genesis 11:1-4) – God wanted them to “fill the earth” (Genesis 9:1); they did not want to be “scattered” (Genesis 11:4); their actions were directly contrary to God’s will; therefore, this was sinful (1 John 3:4)
  • United in sin (Genesis 19:4-7) – the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked (Genesis 13:13); “young and old” together; their actions were contrary to nature (Romans 1:26-27), yet they did this together (cf. Jude 7)

The Type of Unity We Ought to Have

  • United in godly thoughts – we are to be of the “same mind” (1 Corinthians 1:10); think on what is good (Philippians 4:8)
  • United in the Lord’s work – we must do all in His name (Colossians 3:17); each part works together (Ephesians 4:16)
  • United in purity of life – keep behavior excellent (1 Peter 2:12); walk by the same standard/pattern (Philippians 3:16-17)

How We Should React to Ungodliness

  • Remain blameless (Genesis 6:9) – do not conform to the world (Romans 12:2)
  • Do not participate with it (Genesis 11:4) – do not participate/have fellowship with evil deeds (Ephesians 5:11)
  • Flee from it (Genesis 19:12, 15, 17) – flee from evil (2 Timothy 2:22)

How God Deals with Ungodliness

  • He condemns it (Genesis 6:5-7, 13-14) – revelation and obedience to His plan condemns the world (Hebrews 11:7)
  • He puts an end to it (Genesis 11:6-9) – Christ came to “destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8)
  • He punishes those who practice it (Genesis 19:13, 24-25) – this is an example for us (Jude 7)

Conclusion

  • Unity is good – IF it is unity based upon God’s word
  • If our thoughts/actions are not in harmony with His word, it doesn’t matter how much we agree
  • We need to be following God’s standard and enjoy unity with those who are striving to do the same

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