Summary: Follow up on the first in the series, Love is the Pursuit of Relationships. This is as a result of a Hui that we had two weeks ago. What is a Hui, Maori word for discussion, in depth discussion. We continue to address the perceptions arising from the Hui.
I’m continuing on with the theme today of how we respond to the Hui that was held here a couple of weeks back. The point that I talked on last week was that ‘love was the pursuit of relationships’. There’s an interesting question that we can address attached to this point and that’s to ask ‘when did relationships become fractured to the point that they need to pursued?’
Well this goes back a fair way apparently the children have been learning a line that will remind us all of when it all came unstuck, kids line: In the beginning God created everything and it was good, then we chose to disobey God and slowly everything went bad.
So it all goes back, our understanding of how to do relationships and to engage in love proper all came unstuck well before living memory, well before our time here on earth. Since then humanity has had to work at relationships, we have had to pursue them in a way that at times can require some real effort. If a relationship is worth having it’s worth a bit of effort to keep it going. Married couples does being married at times require the effort to listen to one another? People who have friends, when you communicate do you know what one another are doing?
Let’s have a bit of a look at a passage of scripture that might give us a bit of a pointer at a time in history when relationships got muddled: Genesis 1:1-9,
At one time all the people of the world spoke the same language and used the same words. 2 As the people migrated to the east, they found a plain in the land of Babylonia and settled there.
3 They began saying to each other, “Let’s make bricks and harden them with fire.” (In this region bricks were used instead of stone, and tar was used for mortar.) 4 Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.”
5 But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building. 6 “Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them! 7 Come, let’s go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won’t be able to understand each other.”
8 In that way, the Lord scattered them all over the world, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why the city was called Babel, because that is where the Lord confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world.
The interesting thing with this passage is that we can look at it and say to ourselves as I did when I first read it, what was wrong with these people having a bit of ambition, about wanting a bit of fame? The answer is that this was their whole drive for doing what they did. At the Fall of Man, Adam and Eve had already distanced themselves from God, later Adam and Eve’s boy Cain had killed their boy Abel, They were moved with pride and ambition, preferring their own glory to God’s honour, to a relationship with God. They had come to a place of self-seeking; they no longer worshipped or honoured God.