On 10th December in Marrakesh, Britain and the Holy See as well as many of the world’s nations, signed the UN’s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The Compact comes in two parts: a Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and a Global Compact for Migration (GCM). With little publicity, this voluntary and non-binding agreement has been created over the past 18 months as a global commitment to save lives, protect rights and to share responsibility for the 258 million people currently living outside of their own nations.
Most of the world’s countries have signed this compact, although so far 13 countries, headed by the USA, have refused to do so and Australia has only signed the Compact on Refugees. It will be interesting to see how many more will either decline to sign or later withdraw from the compact for it is designed to open the developed nations’ borders and even individual cities to asylum-seekers and to economic migrants from developing countries, and to give full human rights and welfare rights to both.
It has to be admitted that it is a generous, noble and Christian idea. However it does mean that countries such as those in the European Union might attract far more new immigrants than they can maintain, which will irrevocably alter their communities, culture and even religion. It may be that the UN and Christian leaders in fact intend this to lead to a one-world nation with one culture and even one religion and a population of all races so that eventually there will be no more wars and racial hatred. This, too, would be a noble idea.
Certainly, the leaders of two of the Christian Churches – the Roman Catholic Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England – believe so and frequently quote ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’ from the Gospel of Saint Matthew in the Bible’s New Testament and from the Gospel of Saint Luke, the parable of the Good Samaritan. This is the very apt tale of a traveller who is robbed and left for dead but rescued by a foreigner while his own people ignore his plight.
Archbishop Justin Welby who leads the Church of England, feels that the European Union, the forerunner of possible a one-world nation, has been ‘the greatest dream realised for human beings since the fall of the Western Roman Empire’. In the past he has insisted that concerns over the impact of immigration must not stop Britain and other countries ‘doing what is right’ by providing a home for migrants fleeing across the Mediterranean. And in fact he has said that not only Britain but all European nations must ‘play their part in a massive continent-wide settlement programme’.
But it was Pope Francis who, in 2017, began the move towards the Global Compact on refugees and migration, setting out an action plan for governments to deal with what the Vatican sees as one of the biggest global challenges of the 21st century. Indeed, the Pope earlier stated that the world should “prioritise migrants’ dignity over national security”.
A one-world order was also suggested by an earlier, 20th Century Pope. In 1964, Paul VI (who was Pope from 1963 to 1978) addressed the United Nations which he congratulated on having the wisdom to open up to the newly independent states and continued:
Your Charter goes even further, and our message moves ahead with it. You are in existence and you are working in order to unite nations, to associate states. Let us use the formula: to bring them together with each other. You are an association, a bridge between peoples, a network of relations between states. We are tempted to say that in a way this characteristic of yours reflects in the temporal order what our Catholic Church intends to be in the spiritual order: one and universal. Nothing loftier can be imagined on the natural level, as far as the ideological structure of mankind is concerned. Your vocation is to bring not just some peoples but all peoples together as brothers. A difficult undertaking? Without a doubt. But this is the nature of your very noble undertaking. Who can fail to see the need and importance of thus gradually coming to the establishment of a world authority capable of taking effective action on the juridical and political planes?
At this time of the year, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ and all clerics know every dot, comma and verse of the nativity as recorded in the New Testament of the Bible.
But have both our current Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury forgotten the Old Testament?
In Genesis Chapter 11 it is said that at one time the whole world had only one language and one people. Sadly, they became so proud of their achievements that they wanted to be remembered for ever and decided to build a city with a tower which would reach the heavens. What we now call The Tower of Babel. But God was angered by their pride, and decided to create many languages and scatter the people across the whole world to prevent this happening again.
So, it was God, not man, who created the separate nations, and apart from a promise to gather the elect together before the Day of Judgement, it seems that there is no mention in the Bible that all the people of the world should be drawn back into one nation.
Are the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury becoming, themselves, too proud in deciding to recreate one nation from the many which their God decided upon? Is there no other way of preventing racial hatred and possibly another World War?