Someone recently left this comment on one of our social media posts:
“My students learn about God's children from all over the globe, which leads to empathy, compassion and understanding. God is kind of a globalist.”
Got that? I guess that makes George Soros or Hillary Clinton the most godly people on earth.
Here is how I replied.
That doesn't mean you hate other families, does it? You can have "empathy, compassion, and understanding" for your friends and neighbors without having them live in your house.
That's because it's your house. You may let people come in from time to time, as guests, or maybe even for an extended stay if they are suffering in some way, but it's still your house, not theirs.
It's the same with nations. Nations are people, not governments, just as a family is the people of the household, not the household rules or hierarchy.
A nation like America can have "empathy, compassion, and understanding" for other nations, particularly if those nations are suffering in some way, but the "house" still belongs to the Americans.
"Nationalism" requires no hatred for other nations. It just clarifies who owns the house. The Jews own Israel, the Japanese own Japan, and the Americans own America.
But God is certainly no globalist. Surely He loves all the people of the globe, for He created them all. He loves the genuine diversity that exists in the variety of cultures, languages, and skin colors that He created.
But in terms of how those diverse nations relate to each other, God is a nationalist.
That doesn't mean we can sign God up for our pet political parties or projects. Far from it. It merely means that, from beginning to end, His Word speaks of the nations as nations, calls them to serve Him as nations, sets their borders, provides for the protection of those borders, and for the ultimate healing of those nations.
He clearly acts to disrupt globalist projects like the Tower of Babel, where the nations tried to live together in a globalist/multicultural empire. Against this globalist attempt, God scattered them into distinct nations with their own languages.
We are not wiser than God. He says explicitly in the Bible that He created diversity out of unity (the nations from the blood of one man), and that He sets the boundaries or borders where they are to live. Why? So that they will be better able to seek after Him and find Him:
“God…has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us….” (Acts 17:26–27)
Globalism/multiculturalism turns God's plan on its head, insisting that all these different people live together in the same house (nation), thus destroying the beauty of all their individual cultures. The result is the opposite of what God said would happen when we respect national borders: the nations find it much harder to seek and find God.
Therefore, Globalism/Multiculturalism, among other things, hinders the work of the Great Commission.
Which is one reason why God is a Nationalist.