It is no secret at AATW and NEO that I am a supporter of Brexit, and I continue to appreciate the kind words of NEO, Scoop, and Steve Brown on the matter. I know that some Catholics think of the EU as a Catholic project that could be restored, but I believe that it cannot be. I am pleased not only that the UK will be able, by God’s grace, to break away from the EU, but that there are signs it is coming apart on the continent too. This is not because I bear the nations of Europe ill will, but because I believe the end of this supranational entity is good for them.
It is important to remember that the EU, whatever Catholic ideas may have been in the minds of the founders of the original coal and steel group, is not a Christian entity. It is secular in its outlook and can be used as a tool of men and spirits to suppress the identities of the nations of Europe, which, however similar they appear to an outsider, are quite distinct. The globalist agenda is not the same as the mission of the Church; it is a failing of so many prominent religious figures in the West that they conflate the two, wrongly interpreting verses such as, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).
There are several things to say about this verse. First of all, this verse is saying that Christ is the source of unity: it does not promise unity outside of Christ. Indeed, the Bible repeatedly says that there is no unity between those who are of Christ and those who are not. Consider these hard words from Christ Himself and the Apostles.
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
-1 John 2:15-16
Secondly, this verse does not mean that the characteristics of the nations are supposed to disappear: that would be to carry the verse beyond its intended meaning. It means that different national groups should be able to get alongside one another within the Church and submit to the one authority of Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church. When one national group tries to destroy another root and branch, that is disrespectful in the extreme and contrary to what is revealed of God in the Book of Nature, which is the guide to men who have not heard the Gospel from its appointed heralds. The Book of Nature tells us that God has instituted variety on the earth. Variety is no bad thing: chaos is the problem.
Thirdly, this verse does not abolish the authority of earthly princes in the Age of Grace. Paul, expounding on Genesis 11 tells us, “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation” (Acts 17:26). Christ has not yet returned, and it is not the job of any institution to usurp the lawful authority of earthly priests. When the Kingdom extends from Jerusalem and the nations present themselves at the throne of the Messiah, that will be a different matter. This age will have ended, and the headship of the nations will have returned to Israel. It should be noted that, even in the Messianic Age, the nations still exist: “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2). Whether these are members of the Church, whose national origins are remembered, or unsaved nations living under the earthly rule of Christ is not material to our discussion: it suffices that they are present on the earth as distinct entities in passage that is clearly placed after the return of Christ.
The EU as it currently stands must end. It presents a danger to the nations of Europe, and they recognise it. Far from being united behind a globalist agenda, the peoples of Europe, including many Catholics and Protestants, are saying that they want their individual nations to regain their freedom.