As we near Brexit nationalistic and patriotic passions abound in the world, sometimes whipped up by populist political leaders. How should we respond as Christians?
Einstein called nationalism “an infantile disease. The measles of mankind.” C. S. Lewis wrote: that “love of country becomes a demon when it becomes a god.” What would Jesus do? He clearly loved his own country – when he saw it rejecting his message and mission he wept over it. But he urged his followers to see the world as a whole, the object of God’s saving love in and through him. Paul wrote that “There is neither Jew nor Greek. . ., for you are all one in Christ Jesus”. And we note the culmination of God’s saving plan in Revelation 7:9 “there before me was a great multitude, that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.”
Readings: Galatians 3:26-29, Revelation 7:9-10
Questions to think about:
- Einstein said that nationalism is an infantile disease, ‘the measles of mankind’ – what might be the symptoms of it we see in the world today?
- How might we combine pride and love of country, with our commitment to the kingdom of God?
- What things should we praying and working for ourselves and the other nations of Europe as we move towards Brexit?