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Nationalism… essentially it’s just daft!

October 27, 2011

mixed race group unityI’m currently working my way through Ian Kershaw’s biography of Hitler and one of the main tenants of the dictator’s thought was of course of the superiority of the German nation. In our modern C21st western world we naturally baulk at any suggestion of racial superiority, the wars and ethnic cleansing of the C20th have ensured that if nothing else. However, scratch below the surface and often our inherent nationalism is plain for all to see. Two current news stories will suffice – the Rugby World Cup and more importantly and more worryingly the Euro zone melt down. I, like many millions around the world, support my national team when it comes to sports events and of course there is nothing wrong in that. What better way to spend a couple of hours than watching national teams of any sport, Rugby included, pitting their skills against one another simply for the pleasure of the game. It is, however, when nationalistic pride moves from the rugby pitch, or the sofa, to politics when things begin to turn ugly. As the news has reported the attempt by some MPs to try to ensure, ultimately, the removal of Britain from the European Union and at the same time watching our european cousins fight it out over exactly how much money they should lend to their so-called ‘allies’ that it seems nationalism once again is in danger of going too far. Given where we’ve come from this seems particularly daft!

Now whether you’re a Christian, and I suspect most of my readers are, or not it seems that there is a common understanding that we come from the same gene pool. I recently watched an interesting documentary on DNA which had linked the maternal DNA of ALL modern humans to one woman who live about 200,000 years. This woman, know as Mitochondrial Eve, which genetics have proved existed proves what many of faith already believed that we all come from the same person. With this in mind nationalism, the idea that one race is any better than another, is demonstrably proved false. We are all related, you the reader, and I the author and everyone else you can think of, all have a common ancestor and are all therefore genetically related. The person dying from starvation in Africa, the Greeks struggling with mounting debts and the Turks recovering from an earthquake are all part of our global family.

Given then the fact that we are all related is it not time to look beyond our political created boundaries, put aside our national flags and national prejudices in order to better serve our cousins around the world? Whether like me you’re a Christian or whether you have your own belief systems can we not agree that nationalism is wrong and put aside our prejudices in order to help those who are worse of than ourselves?

16 Comments leave one →
  1. TheChronicR permalink
    October 27, 2011 4:29 pm

    I’m a Buddhist and one of the main ideologies is to never judge anyone by outer look but see deeper. Everyone is equal. Racism is something I hate with a passion and so is nationalism. Great article.

  2. October 27, 2011 5:01 pm

    Great Post….Too bad those researching the origins of the human race can’t just believe it’s Eve of the Bible and only a few thousand years ago….oh, well, maybe some day. You might find the ministry of Answers in Genesis interesting. They present articles and information around the truth that there is only One Race….the human race.
    God Bless.

  3. October 27, 2011 5:04 pm

    Very good article. I don’t care what color or religion you are, more what sort of person you are and how you behave. I am not religious at all and it saddens me to hear some of the ideals of the rest of my family (hardcore southern baptists).. maybe they should read this…

  4. October 27, 2011 8:34 pm

    We are all brothers and sisters in Christ!

    Very thoughtful and enlightening post, Mike!

    Blessings!

    • October 27, 2011 9:45 pm

      Thanks Martha, Christians have a responsibility to live out what they believe which is difficult :-)

  5. October 28, 2011 12:56 am

    A great article with a great message. I always enjoy stopping by. Prejudice and bias of any form is inherently wrong and brings God no glory.

  6. October 28, 2011 1:02 am

    Thanks Mike, for bringing this subject to light. As people around our planet struggle with a million different kinds of difficulties, it would be great if we, as Christians, could offer bandages to all of them – only God can truly heal them. It is not the color of the skin, the age or gender that matters; it is the character of the person. However, because of Free Will we have a glitch. The old question, “Can’t we all just get along?” has a simple answer – No! We can’t. As hard as it is to think this way, we must accept it. Jesus stated clearly that He did not come to unify, but to divide. So, Christians are set to share the Gospel with as many as possible. The unity of faith in Christ Jesus brings us closer to harmony on earth. But, only in Heaven will there be true unity.

    • October 28, 2011 6:59 am

      Thanks Susan, and I completely agree with your comments. Jesus is our only hope for unity, though even believers seem to struggle to be united today!

  7. Savira permalink
    October 28, 2011 2:20 pm

    My belief has always been that we are human beings first before anything else… I relate to others not because of their color or religion but because of them being a person…

  8. October 28, 2011 5:37 pm

    Great post Mike, we are all created Children of God first, and citizens of Heaven, after that we are stewards of His Creation. He made one nation to tell the world about His Love, but beyond that we are all, underneath the flag and skin color the same – humans.

  9. October 28, 2011 11:44 pm

    wouldn’t ya think we could dtop playing games and all work together to help others….ahhhhh just a dream….As always…..XOXOXOXO

  10. October 31, 2011 3:27 pm

    Great post – another good read is “One Blood” from Answers in Genesis! Congrats on 1 year!

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