I just received an email from the American Family Association encouraging me to act quickly to make sure that Congress makes English the singular official language of the United States. The email states, “At a time when our society is becoming more fragmented, we need an official, common language. Diverse cultures, different backgrounds and varied traditions enrich our culture. But for the nation to thrive, we must have a common language.”
I’m confused by this. I’m not much into politics, but I don’t understand why this should be my concern. If the early church could thrive under dangerous conditions being composed of people of all sorts of different nations and languages, why can’t a nation? At the very least, that diversity is a reminder of the judgment which happened at Babel. (Indeed, that diversity of language is the judgment that was enacted at Babel.)
So, as a Christian (I’m presuming that somehow matters here — the American Family Association is a conservative Christian family group, after all), why should I write Congress about this matter? Why shouldn’t I? If someone could explain it to me in simple words that a political neophyte like me can understand, I’d be appreciative.