An earlier form of globalism existed at the end of the 19th Century, led mostly by the British Empire. But their financial control was challenged, especially with the rise of fascism in European states, like Italy and Germany in the earlier part of the 20th Century. When fascism was defeated, America led a new globalism, often with the kind of liberal inclusive politics we see in the United Nations. During the latter half of the 20th Century this American globalism was dominate.
In recent years there has been a break down in American globalism. Partly because of the terrorist response, partly because of the rise of the economic threat of China, partly because of the rise of austerity in home economics and partly because of immigration, or just national exceptionalism, nations are becoming more protectionist again.
The increase of these fascist sentiments has brought into question many of the norms of the liberal years championed by the United Nations. These include ideas of inclusion, antidiscrimination against people of other races and religions. There has been a return to discrimination, thinking that these other people are to blame for our growing sense of unease or insecurity. The scapegoating nature of fascism returns.
There is also a return to patriarchy. When we speak of a dominance culture replacing a hospitable culture, it normally includes a return to patriarchal dominance. The equality of women is brought back into question, and family violence increases and is seen as being more normal again.
The truth is that the United Nations heralded many of the ideas that are biblical, including Paul’s dictum that in Christ there is neither male nor female, slave nor free, Jew nor gentile, Greek nor barbarian. Here is a complete breakdown of nationalism, so we can care for each other, especially for the weak. This notion that the United Nations adopted is from our Christian heritage.
The right-wing sentiments are wrong. They open the door to an uncaring categorisation of humanity, which favours the strong against the weak. Strength is praised rather that the weakness of the cross, which is the healing ingredient in our communities.
This can even lead sectors of the society into extreme violence against others. In so far as we don’t love our neighbour, no matter their background, we are lending our voice to fascism and its terrible extreme consequences.
The United Nations was established, in part, to protect us from fascism and its brutal inhumanity. The resultant globalism has been abused by secularist agendas and by the people invested with economic power. However, the way of responding to this is not to abandon biblical values of neighbour love, but to work together to overcome the abuses.
Can we do that?
Yes, we can, by leading the way. The answer is to follow Christ. If society leads us to the left, into secularism, we hold to our values in the scripture, at the same time as loving and serving the society. If the society moves us to the right, we continue to follow Christ by loving those our society rejects and by bringing them into our care. We don’t swing to the left or the right with society. We follow Christ, who calls us to live pure lives and to love one another, even the sinner and the outcast, as Christ loves us.
If the United Nation’s dictum on the equality of people, no matter their race, gender or religion, isn’t protected, along with the protection from abuse of people of who are sinners, like ourselves when we fall, or like the woman caught in adultery in the scriptures, or like others who fall in social morality, then we are treating people the same way Hitler did. And if the United Nations doesn’t uphold these values in so many parts of the world where they are needed today, many more people are going to suffer as a consequence. We need the United Nations in this area. We can’t jettison it for our own interests. Instead, we have to sort out the problems that globalism has brought to us all.