I realized recently that secular people with little familiarity of Christianity (particularly fundamentalist Protestantism) might not understand the suspicion that so many have of “globalism” or “the globalists.” With Brexit, Trump, etc., this issue has more political relevance now than at any time I can remember.
For my Bible study tonight we were covering chapter 15 of Exodus, and we were linked to this:
We cannot fail to connect in our thoughts the circumstances of this magnificent triumph-celebration with that other scene, described in the Apocalypse, where they who have “gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over the number of his name, stand on – i.e., on the margin of – the sea of glass, having the harps of God,” and “sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb” (Revelation 15:2). We do not enter into any elaborate explication of the Apocalyptic symbols. The beast and his followers obviously represent the Antichristian foes of the Church – the worldly secular powers that resist, oppose, and persecute the true servants of Christ. God’s judgment on these hostile world-powers, already summarily depicted in Exodus 14:19, 20, is to be afterwards more fully described under the imagery of the seven last plagues.
I’m not going to get into it in much detail right now, but here’s a bit more context: In Exodus, Moses (himself following God’s instructions) leads the Israelites out of bondage from Egypt. Pharaoh’s mighty army has just been slaughtered through divine intervention when the Red Sea parted to allow the Israelites safe passage, but crashed back on the soldiers and chariots.
(You may know this scene:
So for Christians who take the Bible literally, the Devil is the “prince of this world.” The earthly governments are “of the world” and are actively fighting God’s people. (I’m not cracking a joke, I’m being serious: I realize certain American evangelicals combine this general perspective with their adoration of the US federal government and endorsement of the US military. I’m just noting the apparent contradiction here, before some wiseguy jumps on me in the comments.)
So no, I’m not saying that a Bible-believing person necessarily would say, “God doesn’t like the eurozone”; it’s way more complicated than that. But I’m giving some of the context for why right-wing groups dislike “globalism.” They associate it with worldly powers that are the enemies of God’s people.