Globalization is a term we frequently hear these days. But what does it mean?
“Globalization is the process in which people, ideas, and goods spread throughout the world, spurring more interaction and integration between the world’s cultures, governments, and economies.”
In other words, working together to provide everyone in the globe with the same opportunities and products available to us here in the USA. But, is that a good thing, especially for us as Christians?
Before we look at globalization through God’s eyes, let’s look at some examples of the effects it is having in our world. I think the situation with Brexit provides a good starting point. When Great Britain joined the EU, they hoped it would help the European nations compete better on the international stage. But, they soon realized they were losing their identity as a country. Other issues also drove Britain to rethink their position. Now they are locked into a battle to remain unique while the world wants more of the sameness.
In my own country, we hear calls against the praise of nationality in favor of becoming global citizens. Others propose doing away with borders so mankind can move freely between nations in hopes of bettering themselves as we become one world. Individualism and uniqueness lose out to the needs of the masses. On the surface, helping others improve seems like a noble calling. John Lennon even wrote about it in his song, Imagine. Could there be a dark side to this thinking?
The Christian View
The Book of Revelations tells us of the enemy’s plans for a one-world movement. His strategy seeks to destroy Christianity by convincing everyone to embrace the benefits of being alike. Satan wants everyone to follow the broad path instead of the narrow road, which God calls us to walk. And, peace is at the center of our enemy’s call to change. One government offers no need for war. A single currency removes greed. One religion based on love alone would eliminate sin and consequences. But, without Christ, there will be no peace in this world. No matter how the world tries to improve, the seven deadly sins of lust, gluttony, greed, laziness, wrath, envy, and pride will still cause havoc and wrong behaviors.
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We already see some of this happening today. Non-Christian religions spout views that we all follow the same God just use different paths. Bumper stickers announce all religions should “coexist.” I saw one the other day that said: “We are all children of the same universe.” Yet, our Bible is explicit on the fact that there is only one true God. Psalm 86:10 is one such example that says, “For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.” You can find many others throughout the scriptures.
The gods found in other religions are not the same as the one, true God of the Bible. These different faiths also do not believe in Jesus Christ. They might acknowledge Him as a prophet or scholar but not as the Son of God. John 3:16 clearly explains; “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Without Jesus Christ, there is no salvation.
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The Bible warns us about the problems we will face for not becoming part of these worldly ways. We find one instance in John 15:19; “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” Christ calls us to stand firm and shine His light into the darkness closing in around us.
Globalization is coming. This way of thinking is not all wrong, and it does bring some benefits. But, as Christians, we must remain vigilant to stand only on the principles of Christ. We must learn to bounce the words of the world against the words of the Bible. The road we walk with Christ is narrow, and few will take it. If we follow Christ’s path, we will face persecution, but the rewards await us in our heavenly home. If we follow the broad way of the world, it will lead us to destruction. Psalm 55:16; “As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me.”
“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”Joshua 24:15
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Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
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