As Singaporeans struggle with the inundation of new immigrants and foreigners and the question is asked “who is my neighbour?” it would be so good to be reminded of the words of the First Globalist none other than our Lord Jesus Christ. He said
GO YE INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE. – Mark 16:15
GO YE THEREFORE AND TEACH ALL NATIONS… ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER I HAVE COMMANDED YOU. – Matthew 28: 19-20
Today the peoples have come to Singapore and America and to all the developed countries of the world to seek a better life and prospects. How can we carry the Lord’s command into the hearts that have come from all over the world to our shores bringing with them their culture, their idols, the worship of the enemy of our souls?
The UNESCO Declaration on Principles of Tolerance espouses
The globalist meaning for tolerance permits no tolerance for Christianity. An international “Declaration on Tolerance,” prepared by UNESCO and signed by member nations, defined the new global standard. All nations would be responsible for fulfilling this international contract by teaching the “right” kind of tolerance which is contrary to Christ’s teaching in
– Deuteronomy 18:9-13 9“When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the LORD your God.
– Romans 1:18-32 18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. 28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,31Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
– 1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
As you read these excerpts from UNESCO’s international contract on tolerance, ask yourself how it should apply to you as we increasingly enter into and live in the age and environment of globalization:
- “Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures… It is not only a moral duty, it is also a political and legal requirement.”
- “Tolerance… involves the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism…“ [
- “Tolerance… means that one’s views are not to be imposed on others.”
- “Intolerance… is a global threat.“
- “Scientific studies and networking should be undertaken to coordinate the international community’s response to this global challenge, including analysis… of root causes and effective countermeasures, as well as research and monitoring…“
- “Tolerance promotion and the shaping of attitudes of openness, mutual listening and solidarity should take place in schools and universities, and through non-formal education… at home and in the workplace.“
- “Promote rational tolerance teaching methods that will address the cultural, social, economic, political and religious sources of intolerance — major roots of violence and exclusion.”
This amoral standard for right and wrong has permeated teacher’s colleges, educational laboratories, and curricula for decades. It has torn down God’s boundaries, and allowed immorality and deception to flood our land. No wonder children are adrift in a tumultuous current of inner conflict and moral confusion.
Christians cannot bury their heads in the sand. We cannot ignore what is happening in the world around We must give active response lest we be sucked into the globalization which the enemy of our souls is orchestrating against the plans of God. Will he win? definitely not for he is no match with Jesus our Lord. His time is limited.
Christians must be reminded that Jesus gave us these commandments for the globalization age :
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. — Mark 12:30, 31
What are we to do?
1. Love the L ord our God with all our heart, soul and mind – know what we believe in our Lord God for He is our anchor in tumultuous change, accept His Word which will teach us the way we should go, in trust and obedience. We are to represent Him and all His teachings with His empowerment.
2. Love our neighbour as ourselves.
a. Can we love our neighbour when we do not love ourselves? Do we do things to ourselves which indicate we are not loving ourselves? Prouder than we should be? Making ourselves look and be not presentable and holy before God? Hiding ourselves in materialism before the world, which inundates our minds, emotions and hearts?
b. Can we reflect a better lifestyle with purpose and perseverance for a higher cause than temporary materialism?
c. We must know our commission and respond to Jesus’ command – Can we share with our neighbours Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life? – do we know how to? If not, learn to share in this day of easy opportunity for they have come to our doorstep!
d. Let us not be fixated, focussed on or flirt with having a “good time” with the temporary playthings of the world. If we really believe in our heart of hearts that the Word of God is true and judgement will come on loved ones and neighbours if they do not repent, we must take action and not remain lulled into inaction. Surely the harvest is plenteous but the labourers are few. Pray the Lord of the harvest to send His labourers including each one of us who are His children.
e. Let us not be wasting time on empty living with a spent oil tank, but let our lights burn bright with the oil of the Holy Spirit to work the works of our Father and Saviour of our souls, our Lord Jesus Christ who knew what it was to reach out to the crowds, to bless and to lead them to faith and trust in God. Let us not once again be entangled in the yoke of bondage.
God warned us long ago that this would happen: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil… Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.” (Isaiah 5:20).
You may be one in the global multitude but you can initiate a change and make a remarkable difference. Begin with someone today. Be Jesus’ globalist, not the world’s.