We now consider some of the most common anti-nationalist arguments that are used by Christians with globalist sympathies. As we carefully go through these arguments and test them against the Scriptures, we will find that they all employ faulty reasoning and/or a false definition of nationalism.
One of the first arguments that a Christian nationalist is likely to hear is that, “nationalism is wrong because we are all made in God’s image.” It certainly is true that men of all races are made in God’s image, but it is impossible to use this fact as an argument against nationalism.
Men were all made in God’s image during Old Testament times when God separated the Israelites as a special people to live in an ethno-nationalist state. The Canaanites whom God consigned to destruction were all made in God’s image as well. The soldiers killed in any war throughout history were made in God’s image, as is every burglar, rapist and murderer who has been put in prison. And yet the vast majority of Christians who condemn nationalism on the grounds that “we are all made in God’s image” do not argue that we must completely abandon war or that we cannot put criminals in jail. But isn’t bombing people’s homes or putting them in jail for life far worse than telling them they cannot live in our country?
When we exclude a particular individual from joining a nation, we are doing so because we judge that it will promote the common good of the community not to have him here. Christians make similar exclusionary decisions all the time. If you are a manager or business owner it is your duty to pass over less worthy job applicants, even though all job applicants are made in God’s image. If your denomination or congregation has embraced liberalism it is your duty to separate and no longer have Christian fellowship with those who have denied the faith, even though these apostates are all made in God’s image. Why is it that when it comes to deciding who gets to immigrate to our country, suddenly the fact that we are all made in God’s image becomes relevant?
We already have shown that there is no empirical evidence from history or from contemporary society to even remotely suggest that the races are completely equal. We can further state that there is not a single passage from the Bible that vaguely suggests that all of the different sons of Adam are completely equal in physical or mental ability. The only way in which all the sons of Adam are equal is that we are all affected by original sin and therefore we are equally incapable of pleasing God through our own strength. Just as the concept of “racism” is not found in the Bible, neither is the concept of “racial equality.”
From the earliest chapters of Genesis we see that separate bloodlines can either follow or rebel against God. After his expulsion from Eden, Cain went on to have posterity that did mighty works but rebelled against the Creator (Genesis 4:16-24). Through Seth, Adam and Eve became the ancestors of a separate bloodline of those who called on God (Genesis 4:25-5:32). In Genesis 10 we have the account of the sons and grandsons of Noah spreading throughout the earth. God makes it clear that all of mankind developed into separate, distinct ethnic groups. We can see that the history of humanity as recorded in the Bible is marked by separation, segregation and difference. The Bible describes the God-ordained division of humanity into various races and tribes. These races are marked by differences in appearance, historical significance and cultural achievement. It is true that the Bible does not explicitly say “racial differences are biological,” but we would not expect it to. When it comes to biology and the other natural sciences, God has left it to the human intellect to learn gradually about the intricacies of the world we live in. But because national and ethnic identity are given such a prominent place in the Bible, we should not be surprised to find that these differences also have a biological component. There is nothing in the Scriptures that even remotely suggests that all of the nations of mankind are endowed with the same genetic gifts, just as the Bible nowhere says that that all of the nations of mankind are equal in any other area.