So, this is what the Book says:
‘All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues… When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment… "how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes & Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea & Cappadocia, Pontus & Asia, Phrygia & Pamphylia, Egypt & the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome; Cretans & Arabs – we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!"’
Right, so I believe that God created all languages and cultures, but this evening I’ve been kind of noticing how that isn’t just ethnic and national groups, but all the diversity of modern society. All our modes of expression, vagiries of nods & winks, speech and artistic flare. So let’s try reading that passage again, bearing that in mind:
‘The Holy Spirit helped them speak other languages! Hearing the noise, a bewildered crowd formed, asking, "We’re from all walks of life, but these people are using our own styles and manners of communication so that we can all get it. We’re all sorts – Old folks & Teenagers, Punks & Hippies, Goths & Straight Edgers; Clubbers, Pubbers, Rugby Players, Chess Players; Aristocrats & Immigrants, Artists & Teachers, Politicians & Preachers; Warhammer geeks, Star Wars freaks, Football Fans, Bikers, Hikers, Fox-hunters & Snowboarders – but we’re all hearing about God in ways that are natural to us!"‘
When us Christians read about ‘every tribe & tongue’ before God’s throne in Heaven, it’s not too natural to include the tribe called MUSICIANS or the people group called TREKKERS or the tongue spoken in the land of COMPUTER GEEKS & WEB-DESIGNERS. But that needs to change!
How will it change? Well, I don’t know, but it might help if we stop just speaking in ‘tongues of angels’ all the time and start speaking in ‘tongues of men’ as well – we need the gift of speaking in languages!