President Obama recently addressed the UN. His speech, and others like it being spoken by the liberal progressives, has given great insight in to how they perceive the world, as well as their mission. We are living in fast-changing times, and the political re-alignments are just starting to take shape. In Michigan, we have a strong union history that has impacted our political process. As with the nation as a whole, unions have traditionally lined up with the Democratic Party as the “workers” party. Although the union leaders are strongly attached to their political loyalties, the average workers are moving out of their dependable participation with the Democratic Party because of their worldview, which has been shaping their policies since the 1990’s. Everyone now sees the impact of the Free Trade agreements on the American worker and they want to be represented again.
Throughout recent history, Free Trade was always the issue of the business leaders who saw it as a means for bigger market for their goods. Most business people were in the Republican Party, which was known as the party for business. In contrast, the Democratic Party was known as the party of the workers. Now, world trade agreements have the support of all the political establishment. What has brought the change, and the merging of the interests, of both parties together? Businesses with international outreach found access to markets for their goods, and progressive liberals found the ability to reach more people. Free trade has been a great help transforming foreign nations. It has expanded the jobs and economic bases of these countries, and prosperity is spreading around the world. The problem, of course, is that in order to help the have nots, you must take from the haves…leaving many to question the legitimacy of the agreements.
Socialism and the Open Border Plan
When socialism first began, the ideology was to take from the rich and give to the poor. That philosophy has changed to take from the western middle class and give to the poor. The wealthy political class is in favor of this process because they are getting access to more wealth. A good example of this is happening in my home state of Michigan. Ford Motor Company announced that they are shifting all small car production out of the US, and taking it to lower-wage workers in Mexico. Those workers will have new opportunities at the expense of the American worker. For the businesses that benefit, many have the simple thought, “That’s business.” The progressives accept the problem because it expands prosperity, and say that they will equalize the process through taxation and spread the wealth. This will be accomplished by providing free services such as: medical care, free college education, free childcare, and other social benefits.
You can see this process at work in the former communist countries of China and Russia, which have allowed the development of a wealthy class that they can use for the benefit of their governments, and hopefully the people. This is not truly communism, but state-sponsored capitalism. This also explains the liberal emphasis on open borders. In the minds of progressives, old-fashioned political borders are a hindrance to their newfound vision. You will also notice that most of the extremely wealthy, who have benefited from these things, feel compelled to form foundations to solve world problems. Notice emphasis on world problems, because any sense of nationalism or patriotism becomes the adversary of this new world order. Yet, among the average people, there is a strong sense that something is wrong. The elites call this “populism,” and claim it is really bad when the average person thinks that they can tell the elites what to do. What does the average person know? The elites feel compelled to help the average person navigate through their foolish impulses, and want us to give in to their altruistic policies.
What Should Be Our Biblical Worldview?
What does God have to say about all of this? In Deuteronomy 32:8, the Word of God declares that God sets the borders of the nations. When God gave words to the prophets, they were often given to address nations. The Tower of Babel is an example of man thinking that he will establish a name for himself. Whenever man unites, in the end, they will turn on God and rely on human wisdom and understanding. It is no wonder that religion is still seen as the enemy. Karl Marx declared religion as the “opiate” of the people, and you can be sure the elites share the same idea.
In the great commission, Jesus told His disciples to “disciple nations.” God has ordained a purpose for the nations. As Christians, it is very appropriate for us to stand for the nation He has placed us in. The balance from dangerous nationalism is our orientation to the Kingdom of God, and our desire to help other nations by turning them to God. As Christians, we must always be mindful of God’s way, with complete confidence in the superiority of His way. The elites of the world believe in their pride of the superiority of their way, and their need to help us unenlightened ones. As Christians, we must know the way of survival and prosperity for us is, to remember the words and exhortation He gave to the children of Israel.
“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples…” Deuteronomy 7:6-7
And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. Deuteronomy 28:13
God has called you out and separated you to Himself. You should see yourself as above and special! Will you join me in taking your place in Him? Not in the pride of human effort, but because of who you are in God?