The Defense of Nationalism

The main motivation of this blog – if all of you readers recall – is to enlighten you on how the ruling class, whether it is religious or secular, feeding you with misinformation, false worldviews, unethical and destructive lifestyles and public policy. One of those worldview is adoption of globalism – whether it is religious (no salvation outside Christian or Islamic fundamentalists) or secular tone (the universal humanist rule of ‘democracy’, ‘capitalism’, ‘human right’, ‘gender equality’, ‘LGBT rights’).

The article is taken from:
https://younggospelminister.blogspot.com/2019/01/in-defence-of-nationalism.html?m=1

There is a wide spread antagonism towards nationalism in the modern Western world today. We see this especially present in the mainstream media. Often those who describe themselves as nationalists are spoken about as though they are racists or at the very least xenophobic. To be fair some who call themselves nationalists are also racists and xenophobic, but nationalism and racism are not synonyms. Even in the Church, whether Protestant or non-Protestant, nationalism is often spoken about in suspicious tones. The accepted biblical stance is that nationalistic pride is antithetical to the Christian faith, and therefore many pastors and theologians will steer their people away from thinking in nationalistic terms. But nationalism isn’t antithetical to Christian faith, and it definitely is not in opposition to Biblical teaching.

Biblically, nationalism is something that God gave the world as a gift to protect it from globalism, which is really just imperialism dressed up in modern clothing. Those who know their Bible well will know I am referring to the Tower of Babel. In this biblical account God is concerned about the evil that humanity can fulfil while they are unified as one people. “And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have one language, and this is on the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will be impossible for them. Come let us go down and confuse their language, so that they might not understand one another’s speech” (Genesis 11:6-7). In his mercy God dispersed the people into nations, different groups of people, to limit their ability to commit evil.

We tend to think of humanity uniting together to be a base line good thing, a united humanity brings to mind for many the world of Star Trek, a utopian war free almost heaven like existence. But really everything depends on why humanity unites.

The scriptures teach that humanity is sinful, and that people want power; no one, atheist, Muslim, Jew, or Buddhist, or whatever, will disagree with these two facts: that humanity is sinful (imperfect) and desires after power. The tower of Babel is an episode where all of humanity united together to seek to lift themselves up as great as the gods. This is what it means when it says they wanted to make a name for themselves. Think of every conquering emperor, or would be emperor, in history, what was his goal? To increase power and to make a name for himself. From Nebuchadnezzar, to Alexander the Great, to Napoleon to Hitler, all of these men and more sought to subject multiple nations into their empires, to extend their power over people, and in doing so they all did great evil.

So what did God do to limit empire? He confused the language of the peoples and split them up into nations. On our own, humans can achieve evil. Together we can achieve much evil. We can at times achieve some good things, but if you look across the history of empire, you will see many evils committed in its name.

Let’s look at this another way, what is the opposite of nationalism? Imperialism or globalism, both of these are movements towards centralized power, in the hands of fewer and fewer people. We have been conditioned to see globalism as a good thing in the wake of World War 2, partly because many who called themselves nationalists did evil things. But what is nationalism?

Nationalism is simply identifying yourself with the people of your nation. It can be identifying with the nation state, but this is better described as statism, the idea that the state is supreme and all should bow to it. The people of the nation do not exist to serve their state, the state exists to serve the people of their nation. Too many politicians forget this truth, and look out for their own interests. Nationalism in many ways is just neutral: it’s the idea that you find an affinity with or identify with your given people or nation of people (the Greek word for nation, ethnos, can also mean just mean people group).

This can be stirred up by evil people with evil purposes. For example, when Hitler stirred up hatred for those in Germany and Europe whose nationality was not German. But Hitler was not really a nationalist. He couched some of his arguments in nationalist terms. But he was really an ethnic imperialist. He believed the Germans were the superior race and should rule over all other peoples: this is the definition of imperialism, not nationalism. He was a German supremacist (some people will respond here that he was Austrian, but Austrians are ethnically Germanic, in this broad sense Hitler was German). Obviously, this idea is crazy and dangerous, everyone knows the Japanese build better cars than the Germans. But we should not confuse nationalism with ethnic supremacy. Ethnic supremacy is an evil blight on this world. Nationalism is God’s means of limiting the imperial pretensions of powerful world leaders, like Hitler. Who rose up against Hitler to limit his imperial goals and eventually stop him? Other nations.

Nationalism can also be stirred up for good. For example: we are Australians and we believe that no Australian child should grow up in poverty. Bob Hawke used this slogan to try and stir up support for his policies that were presented as seeking to help the Aussie battler. This is positive nationalism. Another example is the National Disability Investment Scheme. This is a scheme which has been implemented because of an Australian value that we don’t want to leave anyone in our society behind, we want every Aussie to be able to have a fair shake at living and functioning in society. A scheme like this, if implemented properly, is in the national interest of Australians.

Notice how in both of these examples you can refer to national pride. In the first instance you have national pride in the sense of haughtiness or arrogance, which will always lead to evil. Whereas in the second instance you have pride in the sense of being pleased with your accomplishments or pleased with what you can accomplish as a nation. Galatians 6:4 (NIV) uses the word pride in this positive sense, which is not sinful: “4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else…”. I would argue that it if you want to describe yourself as a nationalist, you should be someone who is contributing to the good of your nation, and who is going to leave your country a better place, in your sphere of influence, than it was when you found it. This can be done in many ways.

It is neither wrong, nor sinful to identify with your nation, or your people. Where it becomes wrong is when you exclude others or see yourself as superior to others. This is racism. As nations develop across time, the people you will identify yourself with will change. The English are a mix of Celt, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, and Danish, but they all identify themselves as English, and in a broader sense, the English, Welsh and Scottish identify as British. Someone may identify themselves as African, but also as Sudanese, others may describe themselves as European and Italian, or Swedish, etc.

The groups we identify with are not strictly fixed, or even strictly genetically separate. The Anglo-Saxon is not all that different to the Frank. So racial purity is again pointless, and sinful and harmful. In fact you can watch videos of Europeans online who thought they were one ethnicity and when they received their DNA tests it showed their ancestors were not who they thought they were. Being obsessed with racial purity will only ever lead to evil, every human being is created in God’s image. In fact often when God criticizes nations in the Bible it is because they oppressed those who were of a different nationality who were living amongst them. This is wrong and we are right to reject all forms of racial bigotry.

But the most significant reason that nationalism is important for our world is encapsulated in letter written by the Arminian Philippus Van Limborch to the English Philosopher John Locke in 1689. He says, “I hope, however, that all obstacles are eventually to be overcome by the strength of the kingdom of England that so at last the excessive power of the Frenchman, or so to say more truly of his outrageousness, may be restrained by united forces” (pg. 607).  He is referring to the unification of England under William and Mary, the new Monarchs. The English had crowned William as king, and Van Limborch is hoping that the Scot’s and the Irish will do the same (the Scot’s had, but he didn’t know that yet).

Why is he hoping they will be unified? So that “the excessive power of the Frenchman…may be restrained by united forces…” In other words so that the powerful Catholic Kingdom of France, which had been faithfully (in the eyes of the Pope) persecuting French Protestants, and who had their eyes on potentially taking back England, could be opposed in their goals. Protestant England, which was on the verge of allowing toleration for dissenting Christians in a large measure, would better be able to counter the influence and power of France, if the Kingdom was untied. A united British Kingdom stood a better chance of opposing the powerful French imperialist goals. Which would influence a lot of Europe, to move towards tolerance of religion.

In other words nationalism is important for the world, because it protects us from the evils of centralized power, which both globalism and imperialism seek to increase. It’s allows there to be powers to counteract other powers, and it means that the powerful, and the especially the powerful who have evil goals, cannot unite to enforce their evil on the whole world. To put it another way, nationalism, defined as identifying with your nation, and competing with other nations, allows a counterbalance of powers in the world, to prevent one form of evil taking hold everywhere.

So to describe nationalism as intrinsically evil or anti-Christian, is to miss the gift that nationalism is. God has given it to us to protect us from our own human desire for complete power. Given the chance to work together, do you really think our world will only do good?

Yes people can use nationalism, or a corrupted form of it, to do evil. But this is true of many other things. The important point is this: the opposite of nationalism is imperialism, and we see how the centralization of power can lead to the oppression of people throughout history. The globalism we see today which is seeking to usurp the sovereignty of nations and infringe global power on all peoples is the same Imperialism we see condemned at Babel, and in Egypt, and in the Persian empire, and in Rome.

God is not against people identifying with their nation, the nations are there at the end of time in Revelation 22 (look it up, God wants to heal them not destroy them), what he cares about is how the nations treat each other, and how they treat the weak amongst their borders. In fact consistently in the Bible when God condemns nations it is because they have committed a combinations of three sins; 1) rejecting him as God, so idolatry, 2) oppressing the powerless within their realm, and 3) unlawfully or unrighteously seeking to conquer other nations, so imperialism (cf Amos, and Isaiah for example). Nationalism is not wrong. Globalism and by that I mean the centralization of power into the hands of fewer and fewer individuals and the nullification of the sovereignty of nations, is the evil we need to avoid.

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New FF VII Remake Trailer

New trailer from Tokyo Game Show 2019:

And our wholesome polygamous couple – Cloud, Tifa and Aerith =D.

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Recap all FF male and female main characters by personality and my preference

So, we have previously seen various types of couples in FF series. This time, I want to enumerate all FF male and female main characters, personality wise and my favourite out of those characters. For disclaimer, I do not think one category is superior to another since it depends on the situation. I believe that society has a place for people with each personality both male and female, if proper responsibility is understood correctly. Although, I don’t think the place for each category is equally distributed though…

To make it simple, personality of main male characters are classified into two types:

  • Serious / Authoritative
  • Laid-back/Playful/Friendly

And for female characters, they also are divided into two types:

  • Gentle / Feminine
  • Tomboy / Assertive

Here are all male and female characters’ classification based on the category:

Male
Serious/Authoritative Laid-back/Playful/Friendly
Name Origin Name Origin
Cloud FF VII Zidane FF IX
Squall FF VIII Tidus FF X
Noctis FF XV Vaan FF XII
Hope FF XIII

 

Female
Gentle/Feminine Tomboy/Assertive
Name Origin Name Origin
Aerith FF VII Tifa FF VII
Rinoa FF VIII Ashe FF XII
Garnet FF IX Lightning FF XIII
Yuna FF X
Lunafreya FF XV

My favourite for male category:

  • Serious / Authoritative – Noctis (FF XV)
  • Laid-back / Playful / Friendly – Hope (FF XIII)

Noctis Lucis Caelum      Hope Estheim

My favourite for female category:

  • Gentle / Feminine – Garnet (FF IX)
  • Tomboy / Assertive – Lightning (FF XIII)

Princess Garnet  lightning-wallpaper.jpg

Reason for Noctis:

  • His selfless sacrifice as obedience to gods to purge planet and sins of his ancestor
  • Although he is a royal descent, he mingled and played with commoners
  • He is accomodative and extrovert leader (in contrast to Lightning, who is strict and aloof)
  • First FF male protagonist with beard (yes, I like that), which made him very similar to Jesus Christ

Reason for Hope:

  • We are from same profession….I am also researcher in university…
  • His intelligence – ability to create new Cocoon and artificial intelligence (I am currently researching deep learning for security solution, it will be nice if I have those skills….)
  • His loyalty and patience to wait for his lover, Lightning, for a thousand year, although he is quite popular and has a girl who seems like him (Alyssa)

Reason for Garnet:

  • Her humility although she is of royal descent
  • Her willingness to entrust herself to Zidane, who is a commoner, instead of staying in her comfort zone because of royal corruption
  • She sings the game theme (Melodies of Life) with beautiful voice

Reason for Lightning:

  • Her fearlessness to disobey and fight against evil gods and government.
  • Shouldering responsibility as breadwinner and guardian for her younger sister since very young age (15 years old)
  • She has a tall, athletic, and muscular body (yes, I like that) and that cocky, confident smile when defeating enemies
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Recap of all types of romantic relationship (FF series)

Recap of all relationships in society with the example from Final Fantasy series. The order is based on my preference (this is mainly based on pro-creation criteria). Alpha and beta here means the dominant and supporting role. But I do not judge other people’s life romantic relation based on this list since you have your own reason.

One alpha male – one beta female (Traditional relationship)

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Noctis and Luna (FF XV)

One alpha female – one beta male (Role reversal)

Lightning_Hope

Lightning and Hope (FF XIII)

One alpha male – multiple beta females (Polygamy)

Cloud_Tifa_Aerith

Cloud, Tifa and Aerith (FF VII)

Singlehood / Widowhood / Divorced

Ashe_Rassler

Ashe and Rassler (Deceased) – FF XII

Others (Same-sex relationship)

Fang_Vanille

Fang and Vanille (FF XIII)

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Obvious parallels between Noctis and Jesus in FF XV

In FF XIII the story highlights the chaotic universe ruled by mostly evil gods and the main character is Alpha Female (Lightning) who opposes those gods and lead humanity to the peaceful godless world (in the sense, no supreme authority). In contrast, FF XV, the story highlights the sovereignty of gods who endowed elected nation of Lucis to wield the power of crystal for benefits of humanity. The protagonist is Alpha Male (Noctis) who submits to God’s benevolent ordained will to sacrifice himself to purge evil force in the world and to pay for sins of his ancestor (Somnus).

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Noctis and Lightning – The tales of Two Alphas

Some of the obvious parallels are:

  • Kingdom of Lucis symbolizes Israel and Insomnia symbolizes Jerusalem
  • Kingdom of Niflheim symbolizes Babylon who controls most of the world
  • The leader of Kingdom of Niflheim (Ardyn) symbolizes Anti-Christ
  • The God of Fire (Ifrit) who corporate with Ardyn to destroy human symbolizes Devil
  • The God of Blade (Bahamut) who preordained both Noctis to become sacrificial lamb and Ardyn to become scapegoat symbolizes Supreme God
  • Crystal symbolizes Holy Spirit, whose power is accessible for elected people
  • Noctis symbolizes Jesus, who also has the title of King of Kings, and he also died at 30-years old (around the same as Jesus). He has 13 swords which maybe symbolizes 12 apostles plus Paul. He also has three close bodyguards (Prompto, Ignis and Gladio) who symbolizes Peter, John and James. He mingled with commoners around the kingdom instead of people with high social status. After defeating Ardyn, he let Kings of Lucis stabbed him to complete sacrifice and afterward said ‘it’s done…’

Character and Worldview Comparison

Based on the character strength, Lightning is far stronger than Noctis at the beginning of the game. Noctis is still 20-years old whiny little prince who is sheltered by three bodyguards whereas Lightning has already become soldier to take care of her little sister since 15 years old. Noctis is Alpha by social status and endowment of divine power, not by his own merit, unlike Lightning, but he is more likeable and approachable character, which score points for me.

Furthermore, as the game continues, Noctis began to grow in maturity and won all decisive battles whereas Lightning and her group flopped. Only in last battle against Bhunivelze, she won, with help of Hope and others. This is the important character of Alpha Male, to show up when the occasion really matters

Noctis Lightning
Enemy Result Enemy Result
Astrals – Archean Win Fal’cie – Anima Lose
Astrals – Hydrean Win Fal’cie – Orphan Lose
Astrals – Infernian Win Fal’cie – Caius Lose
Ardyn Win Bhunivelze Win

Lastly, Lightning turned back from her obligation to become Goddess of Death in the last moment because of her insecurity (she is lucky that Hope and Yeul come to rescue her…), but Noctis completed the divine assignment to sacrifice himself and completely purge evil from the world.

So, sorry for all Lightning fanboys….character and strength wise, Noctis still won the contest…although she is the strongest female of all FF series.

The contrast between two worldview is that in FF XIII, fate ordained from evil God can be overturned by sheer combined good power from humanity, whereas in FF XV, God’s will is unalterable, for both good and bad side. God ordained both good (Noctis) and evil (Ardyn) person onto their place regardless of their personal preference (Ardyn is originally healer but is being assigned as bringer of darkness by God).

Of course, both views are wrong but that does not matter. It is quite entertaining for the games to have these thoughtful story and it is much better than FF XIII overall.

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