By Beth Groh
She made it sound so glamorous. Perhaps it was her accent, a distinctly German one, that seemed a bit out of place in the heart of the Midwest. Or maybe it was her sheer enthusiasm.
But her response to a polite, pass-the-time question left an impression. I asked about her favorite place to visit in the States, and she answered without hesitation:
“Miami, without a doubt,” she said. “It’s so international. You don’t feel like you’re in any country when you’re there. “
Globalization. A world without borders. This young mom loved the feel of a place with international flair, where the boundaries between nations and people seemed to blur.
If you’re listening to the news with a discerning ear, you will hear many calls—from many different factions—about moving towards globalization, with a system of global-based governance to control economies, regulations and, ultimately, people.
And, to some degree, we’re already there in many respects. The United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the International Court of Justice in the Hague—all part of what some politicians call the New World Order.
If you’re thinking from man’s point of view (from a humanist worldview), this makes perfect sense. Why shouldn’t there be an “economy of scale” savings by having one big government someday, instead of a bunch of squabbling, self-interested individual nations?
After all, the internet seems to be exponentially expanding the reach and connection between people from all corners of the world. So it makes sense, in that worldview mindset, to move towards one centralized government, currency and economy.
Now that’s a compelling argument, from man’s point of view. But what about God’s view?
Well, who am I—or you—to claim we can think like God?! Yet we can look to His Word, so we can explore this issue from a biblical worldview.
From Genesis through Revelation, you can clearly see that God pays attention to the nations of His earth—with his promise to Abraham of being the father of many nations…to the myriad of references to His wrath being poured out one day on ungodly nations.
By the count of one Bible site, there are 384 uses of “nations” and 201 for “nation” in the King James translation. For perspective, “sin” is mentioned 441 times, “Satan” 43 times and “Savior” 45 times.
Clearly, God must see a role for nations in His creation. And He certainly didn’t seem to like it when men conspired to create their own unified city state once before.
Just turn to Genesis chapter 11, and read the story of the Tower of Babel. As Noah and his family resettled after the global flood, people naturally clustered into various nation. But people shared one language and that emboldened them to make plans to build their own tower, reaching to the heavens.
God decided to pay a visit to the city and the construction site—to say the least, it wasn’t part of His plan!
That’s when He scattered people to all corners of the earth and “confused” their languages.
As men unified in those ancient days to build their own centralized man-centered society, God stepped in and said, “No!” Man’s way was not God’s way.
So, as you hear people today longing for that one unified nation, think back to the story of the Tower of Babel and read for yourself all the times and ways God refers to the “nations” in His Word. If “one world governance” was not God’s plan in ancient days, would it likely be His plan for today? Or for the future of our children or grandchildren?