There is a serious problem today with the trend toward globalization. This affects almost every sphere of life:
- Banking, economy and trade
- Media, hi-tech and communications
- Government and diplomacy
- Even some health policies
What is the problem? Aren’t we “pro-global”? After all, we call our ministry networking “Tikkun Global.” We are part of the Watchmen for the Nations’ “Global Gatherings.” Doesn’t Asher often teach of God’s vision for the “Global Ecclesia” and the “Abrahamic Family”?
Yes, but there is a difference. Our global vision is a spiritual connection. It is not political or organizational. It is based on Yeshua as King and Messiah. It is based on Scripture and relational networks of sacrificial love and personal relationship.
The problem is that mankind has sinned. People are selfish. The more a person gains power and honor, the more there is a tendency toward corruption. Politics and business are tainted with corruption.
When Yeshua returns, He will reign over a one-world government of peace and righteousness. That is the vision of the Israelite prophets for the “Messianic Kingdom.” (Isaiah 2, Micah 4, Zechariah 14).
Until that time, there is a global “spiritual kingdom” in the hearts of all true believers. We unite together in prayer and praise, scripture study, fellowship and communion.
Biblical prophecies indicate that there will be a one-world human government; which is the opposite of – and in opposition to – Yeshua’s global Messianic kingdom. It is a counterfeit. And its leader will be a counterfeit Messiah, an anti-Christ.
Gathering all the world’s power into one global system is a moral and spiritual threat of untold proportions. It is called “the Beast” by both the books of Revelation and Daniel. It will combine the worst of Nazism, Communism, Humanism, United Nations, Jihad and even some forms of Medieval Christianity. It will speak of world peace and progress, but it will be a disaster.
Because of the tendency in human power toward corruption, the scriptures divide power in the world into different spheres of authority and influence; there are limitations, checks and balances in the use of power. All of these spheres should be defined by what is called the “rule of law.”
At the most foundational level, parents should have authority in the home and family, not the government.
One biblical model is to see the government as divided into different branches: judicial, legislative and executive, as seen in Isaiah 33:22: “judge, lawgiver, king.”
The world is divided into nations. Nations are divided into states. These divisions are not wrong. They protect the different ethnic and people groups.
Religions should not be controlled by the government; and the government should not be controlled by religions.
Businesses should not control governments (which results in corruption).
Governments should not control businesses (which results in communist takeover).
We believe in freedom of expression, freedom of religion and free enterprise.
בְּהַנְחֵל עֶלְיוֹן גּוֹיִם, בְּהַפְרִידוֹ בְּנֵי אָדָם; יַצֵּב גְּבֻלֹת עַמִּים …
When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, in separating the sons of man, He set borders for the peoples…
This quote from Moses was then expanded on by Paul in Acts 17:26.
Just like fences between neighbors, the borders between nations help to protect peace. The separation into nations protects each nation’s “inheritance.”
I have heard President Donald Trump speak on this issue with perceptive analysis. His point was that the best way to world peace was to recognize national sovereignties with their own militaries, borders and economies – not by globalization efforts.
In summary, because of the sinfulness of mankind, power tends to corrupt. Therefore, power and authority must be divided into different spheres – the “separation of powers”. The different spheres provide checks and balances, one to the other. The Bible helps us understand these different spheres of authority. The trend toward globalization increases the potential of corruption and misuse of power.