Following the success of Donald Trump and his “America First” platform, the great political issue of the day has become the conflict between nationalism and globalism. This conflict is not limited to the United States, as can be seen from the Brexit vote in the UK and the continued growth of nationalist movements around the world. Christians must make a thorough investigation of the issue and decide where God wants us to stand.
Although the mainstream media has only begun covering the conflict recently, the friction between nationalism and globalism has been growing for years. On the side of the globalists we find the United Nations, the Democrat Party, many of the major Republican donors and Washington insiders, Marxist intellectuals, radical environmentalists, big-government socialists, all of the major newspapers, all of the major TV networks, and all of the Hollywood liberals. On the side of the nationalists we find the mass of Republican voters, constitutionalists, patriots, and small business owners. Given the groups that support the globalist cause, one would think that picking sides in this conflict would be easy choice for conservative Christians.
But this clear-cut decision has been unnecessarily confused by misguided Christians who think that Biblical religion can somehow join forces with the modern day globalist Babel that is seeking to bring about a totalitarian, secular order. Much of the confusion surrounding globalism and nationalism comes from a misunderstanding of key terms and concepts. By analyzing these terms and by looking at what the Bible says about politics we can find an answer to this pressing question.
The first key term to understand is “nationalism.” In the context of the current struggle between nationalism and globalism, nationalism simply means a belief that separate nations should exist as sovereign, independent cultural and political units. Globalists both within the Church and in the mainstream media frequently repeat the lie that nationalism is somehow inherently based on “hatred” or “aggression,” or that nationalism will inevitably lead to war, but this is not the case. Indeed, the historical record is full of atrocities and genocides committed by the followers of globalist ideologies such as Communism and Islam. Furthermore, nationalists believe that national sovereignty grants all men the greatest possible share of personal fulfillment and prosperity. Nationalism is the necessary corollary of the traditional American belief in independence, federated authority and self-sufficiency. Bringing individuals under the consolidated rule of distant, meddling bureaucrats does not promote prosperity on the national level, and it certainly does not work any better on the international level.
The next term to look at is “globalism.” Globalism is the belief that it is always a good thing to erode national sovereignty and cultural distinctions. Those who favor globalism cheer every new power that the United Nations or European Union assume for themselves. They cheer every new “global warming” treaty that removes autonomy from individuals and small businesses. They cheer every new form of political correctness that turns conservative Christians into thought criminals. They have an unwavering faith in the idea that adding more regulations, more bureaucracy, and more standardization can only result in greater happiness for mankind.
When approaching the nationalist/globalist conflict from a Christian perspective, we must first consider carefully what type of globalist order is being built. It should be obvious to even the most casual observer that the chief proponents and financial backers of the new globalist system are extremely hostile towards Christianity. There can be no serious doubt that if the globalist system continues on its current trajectory, we will be living under a thoroughly anti-Christian order.