All over the postmodern cultural landscape the term ‘Global Citizen’ is being used a lot and with increasing fervor.
The definition of ‘citizen’ is “a legally recognized subject or national of a state or commonwealth, either native or naturalized.” As a student of international politics and culture I have noticed that political terms are increasingly being used in ways they were not meant to be. These new terms are being spoken of in a dogmatic, doctrinal like fashion without any explanation or definition of what they mean. Marketing, ad campaigns, new age non-profit movements, political agendas, etc. are speaking a new language that is foreign and they are not explaining the meaning of them. This is called indoctrination. You’re not allowed to question it. The creation of new lingo is the natural by-product of the creation of a new religion. The term ‘Global Citizen’ should be a clear, red flag to Christians. It doesn’t take much time in the Scriptures to see why.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15-17
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8
Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. 1 John 3:13
For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. 1 John 2:16
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. John 15:18-21
How much more obvious does it have to be?
Christians have no business using this word or concept to describe themselves. It is tantamount to harlotry. Yet many are.
Compassion International revels in the idea. They spread a devotional on the concept citing only one verse to justify their friendship with it, Galatians 3:28, “for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” They teach it also to children. So, is the entire world now one in Christ Jesus? Sounds like a heretical idea to me to associate that biblical truth with the teaching of global citizenship. They end the devotional with a call to pray: “Pray for God’s help as you look for new ways to be a great global and Kingdom citizen.”
The president of Goshen College, a liberal arts Mennonite school, gave a speech about ‘Global Citizenship’ being a core value. He expounds on no scripture to support his belief in this doctrine but hijacks one verse, Deut. 6:4, which has nothing to do with it. They strive to be “Christ-centered” and “global citizens”. No definition of what they mean by that is provided.
So, which is it, guys? I am reminded of what a preacher once said,
How long will you halt and stand between two opinions? If Yahweh is God, follow him, but if Baal be God, follow him, and go to Hell!
One word that frequently gets used to describe this concept is cosmopolitan.
The Online Etymology Dictionary defines the word as:
1844, from cosmopolite “citizen of the world” (q.v.) on model of metropolitan
It’s intriguing to me that the roots of this word are derived from Greek: kosmos and polites. The Bible uses these two words, and it’s worth looking at their usage closely. (See Strong’s 4177 and Strong’s 2889)
Bible.org gives the correct way to look at a believer’s citizenship. It is only in the Kingdom of God.