The Tower of Babel and Gospel Proclamation

I became a Christian many years ago after someone shared John 3:16 with me. And so to this day, John 3:16 holds a very special place in my heart.

I still love to share John 3:16 with others, though I've found that fewer seem to understand its connection to the larger story of who Jesus is.

One reason why is because so few have ever heard the larger story of who Jesus is. All they have heard are summaries of the story, and often only the summaries that portray the gospel as a set of logical/propositions—the Romans Road, for example: Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; and Romans 6:23 - The wages of sin is death; Romans 5:8 - But God commended his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us; Romans 10:9 - If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Once again, it's not that summaries like this are wrong; it's just that so much information about Jesus drops out. Meanwhile the logic of the message takes over.

Turning the gospel into a set of logical propositions presents yet another problem. So much of the world has turned away from rationalism and logic as criteria for making religious decision, not just in Asia, but also here in the West. In this way, many people today are like the people who built the Tower of Babel. They are rationalists when it comes to "building towers" (that is, to the sciences), but something else entirely when it comes to religion.

Think about it! The people of Babel designed and engineered and built a tower. But they expected the top of their tower to connect to the heavens (and to the possibility of overcoming the curse). So when it came to religion, they turned away from rationalism and logic.

How do we reach people like that?

The answer is where Gospel Story-arc messaging comes in. And that's why we're doing what we do here at gospelstoryarc.org. 

We invite you to become a member of The Gospel Story-arc Project. Help us to leverage the science of story to reach the people of Babel, not the Babel of history, but modern-day Babel, a generation that needs to hear about who Jesus is, and about what God has already done through him, and will do through him in the future.

Randal Gilmore