Can Christians Be Nationalists? Part 12: Aren’t We Supposed To Judge People As Individuals?

Some people will object to ethno-nationalism by saying that even if there are racial differences we should still treat everyone as an individual. This position will sometimes be supported by claiming that the Bible requires us to judge individuals on their own personal merits, not on their membership in certain groups.

In response to this claim, we first of all affirm the Biblical truth that God will judge people as individuals. We also affirm that membership in the visible church is to be determined by personal confession of faith and personal behavior, and that membership in the Church is to be offered to all regardless of race or nationality. However, there is nothing in the Bible to suggest that we cannot make foreign and domestic policy decisions that affect entire groups of people. We have already cited the Old Testament immigration law in which foreigners are treated differently based on their nationality. The only divinely inspired immigration law that we have clearly establishes the principle that potential immigrants should be judged at least in part by their ethnicity.

War can only be declared against a group, not individuals, and war always brings about the death of non-combatants, many of whom possibly disagreed with their own political leaders who brought the war about in the first place. Also, current American immigration law already treats citizens of different countries unequally when it comes to issuing travel visas.

Once again, we see an anti-nationalist argument that turns out to be both unbiblical and inconsistent in its application. No conservative Christians argue that we cannot wage war because we must judge people as individuals, but suddenly it becomes wrong to make judgments about groups of people when race is brought up.

Comments

  1. Doug

    God says in Mat 7:1-2 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” This is what I do. I judge according to the measure I am to be judged by, that is God’s Word.
    We are to judge righteously (John 7:24) which is according to God’s standard. God reveals His standard throughout Scripture. We are clearly commanded to follow His order of peoples and nations, not to pollute or dilute our lands, to honor our boundaries He created, to defend our lands and ways, to not yoke ox with donkey, not be unequally yoked, to keep distinctions He purposed, and to live in our exclusive habitations.

    So yes, we use His commands to judge strangers in or trying to come into our lands (Zech 8:16 These are the things you shall do: Speak each man the truth to his neighbor; Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace;).

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