Things are changing more quickly every day. Technology is advancing, devices are getting more powerful and more contained. However, technology without the parameters of morality is dangerous. Just recently, scientists experimented by editing the genetic code of human embryos using the CRISPR technology. It has been lauded as the way to help genetic disease. The moral bankruptcy of our culture, though, will degenerate into designer babies. It will be the epic quest for the perfect human as man toys with things they can’t possibly handle because they don’t respect it.
Technology is wonderful, but it also has a way of turning man’s hearts inward. We tend to deify ourselves. We make decisions like we were God. You will find this tendency all the way back in Genesis 11. The technology was brick-making. The deification of man was to build a tower which would exalt man like the gods. The city was Babel. The saga of Babel has been repeated over and over throughout human history and the mascot of this depravity is Babylon.
Habakkuk is looking at the nation of Babylon in his day and they were wicked people. They were still worshiping their advancements. He describes their barbaric treatment of human beings. They treated “men as the fishes of the sea” (Habakkuk 1:14). Their disregard for the sanctity of human life was legendary and rivals our own disregard today. Amazed with themselves, they worshiped their military advancements. “Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag” (Habakkuk 1:16).
From Genesis to Revelation and distinctly in Habakkuk today, it is clear, every nation has the “genetic” malfunction known as SIN the symptoms of which are pride diagnosed as self-worship. Our nation does not need genetic editing physically. It needs “genetic editing” spiritually. They need the precision of God’s grace to rescue them from their own depravity. They need to be reborn by humbly acknowledging their sinful rebellion against God and repenting of their way. They need to ask Christ to save them from their sin.
In the meantime, Christian, influence the culture. Do not let Babylon influence you. Remember, “the Lord is in his holy temple” (Habakkuk 2:20). Nothing man can do will ever strip God of his infinite power. In the midst of uncertain times, find your stability in God.
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, And he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, And he will make me to walk upon mine high places. (Habakkuk 3:18-19)