God Is a Nationalist

Written by Jeff Carlson on .

Flag of IsraelOne of the greatest insights into the world's future right now is this growing battle about the supposed "danger" of being a nationalist. This issue has found its focus and epicenter in the presidency of Donald Trump, who openly describes himself as a "nationalist" and a person concerned about America's future. Many voices in the media and other areas of the progressive, political world have likened President Trumps labeling of himself as a "nationalist" tantamount to bringing back the dangerous nationalism of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party, where German nationalism led to a world war. This deep concern about nationalism, as being hurtful to our world, was also picked up by French President Emmanuel Macron. In a recent address in France, President Macron warned that nationalism was a small minded view of the world and needed to be rejected for a broader view of things that considered everyone's needs from a global perspective.

So, it turns out that the great battle underway now is between people who use the word "nationalism" like President Trump is using it, versus the post-nationalists who see a need for a kinder and gentler globalism. In this globalist worldview, nation states need to be less focused on their interests and begin to work toward a broader coalition with one another to bring peace and justice for all. While some of us may be a little confused about this battle or didn't even know it was or is going on, all we have to do is look at the current government shutdown going on in America.
The American government is shut down today because the Congress refuses to pay for a border wall between the USA and Mexico that President Trump put in the current budget. The amount of money involved here is very small, only 5 billion dollars, which is a tiny fraction of the total budget. But the reason this border wall funding has created such a political firestorm is because it pits American nationalists versus American globalists that are committed to having "sanctuary cities" and open borders. This major political battle going on in our nation is centered on whether nations like America can or should act in their own best national interests or whether our nation should fall under the power of another agenda that is moving toward some form of global socialism. Much more could be said about these issues, but this is the heart of the matter.

Like most battles in our media-driven world, very few people have even the slightest idea of what they are talking about. That confusion is multiplied by design to carry out deeply rooted agendas that are ultimately spiritual in nature. You see the entire idea of a nation or nationalism is a word that is not defined by us at all. None of us, from any political party, can even begin to define the meaning of this word because the Lord defined it in the Bible. As a result, we need to go with the Lord's view of things if we have any hope to make sense of the hour and where our world is heading tonight.

The entire concept of a "nation" is first mentioned in Genesis 10:5, where we see a listing of what is called "The Table of Nations." Genesis 10 lists the 70 nations that grew out of the flood judgment that happened during the days of Noah in Genesis 6-9. These nations represent a new world of individuals with various ethnic and tribal groupings that are living together as nation-states. These nations remained separate nations until there was a group decision to leave their nationhood behind and join together into a global consensus of working together for their future good. This joining together of the nations in Genesis 11 is called "The Tower of Babel." This period of world history represents a time of rebellion against God. It ends up resulting in the Lord Himself entering the world and dividing and separating the nations to bring peace and to prevent humanity from destroying themselves. As we watch our current drift toward globalism around the world, we can see this same pattern emerging as a new "Tower of Babel" is rapidly approaching before our eyes.

The fascinating thing about the nations in Genesis 10 is that not one of them was created or designed by God. Their nationalism came out of simply living together and sharing common languages, families and geographic areas. You might say these nations just grew out of their organic connections and found practical expressions in the idea of a nation. And so imagine the shock when the Lord announced that He was going to build His own nation out this chaotic, rebellious world in Genesis 12 with Abraham. We hear the Lord telling the world this message in Genesis 12:1-2 where we hear,
The Lord had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you. "I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
This new nation of course is Israel. And it might shock people to know that Israel is the only nation created by God and the only nation with defined, national borders that were created by God Himself. In Genesis 15:16-21 we hear about the borders of that land, which turns out to be the Promised Land,
On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites."
So it turns out that Israel is the only legitimately defined nation state in the world today. The rest of the nations have gone their own way and made up their own ideas of what nations are supposed to be. But even this idea of a nation is also defined by God and is directly connected to Israel again as we hear in Deuteronomy 32:8-9,
When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when he divided all mankind, he set up boundaries for the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel. For the Lord's portion is his people, Jacob his allotted inheritance.
This leads to the conclusion that only God then can define a nation and what their relationship will be to other nations. How interesting then that Israel is the ONLY nation that is not allowed to define their own boundaries because the other nations cannot agree on what those borders are going to be. Israel is also the only nation whose capital is not accepted by the world, save the United States because of President Trump's decision in December of 2017 to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the American embassy there. Since then, a few other nations have followed American's lead, but Israel still remains the most contested nation on earth today with Jerusalem the most fought over capital in world history.

All of this comes into clear focus with the current attacks on President Trump regarding his views of nationalism. If we use the Bible and world history as a guide, President Trump is seeking to define America in a Biblical way to stop globalism or the new "Tower of Babel." President Trump's desire to create borders reinforces the rule of law, but it also reinforces the idea that nationalism was created by God, not man, to stop globalism's attempt to create a borderless world without God in the picture. This attempt to create globalism, that has currently shut down the American government, has already been tried and failed. History is repeating itself before our eyes and few have learned anything from the past.

As we look at our nation today, we all have to come to a place where we realize we are truly living at the close of the age as we know it. The Lord Jesus Christ's prophetic plan for Israel and the nations is on full display like never before. How can we miss it? But it is a time to forget about government budgets and think about souls for whom Christ died. How many people do each of us know that need the Lord as Savior tonight? As these amazing prophetic patterns are unfolding right now, we need to share the Lord's love and His Gospel with everyone we can today. There is still Good News that Jesus saves sinners and brings new life to a fallen and troubled world. May the Lord use the truth in this article to speak to many hearts about our need for a Savior with the time remaining. Pass it on.