Trumpism, Brexit, and Understanding the Times

by Guy Rodgers, President and CEO

Let me begin by saying this is not a column for or against Donald Trump or the recent vote by the UK (“Brexit”) to withdraw from the European Union.

It’s about what these phenomena may be telling us about our times.

For decades the nations of the world have been on a steady and seemingly inexorable march toward globalism and “one world government.” Back in the 1970s the church in America was abuzz with end times predictions and detailed scenarios revolving around this march toward globalism.

Not surprisingly, and not coincidentally, this advance towards globalism has been accompanied by bigger and more intrusive government and an increasingly powerful and out of touch political ruling class.

This is not to say that there haven’t been benefits of a more connected global community. From communication to travel to technological innovation the world becoming a “smaller place” has improved the quality of life for most of the world’s population over the last fifty years.

So why did a majority of Brits, defying all the polls and pundits, vote to leave the European Union? Why did they dismiss the dire predictions of doom and gloom if they voted to “leave?”

And why is the standard bearer of the Republican Party a man who delights in being politically incorrect, who indulges in personal attacks in ways that would have disqualified any other candidate running for President in the past 75 years, who vexes Democrats, Independents and Republicans alike, and yet has a sizeable, unmovable core of support that sticks with him no matter what?

Why indeed.

Could it be that we are seeing the first wave of a broader pushback against globalism from citizens in the UK and the US?

If so, how does this inform our understanding of eschatology? It certainly can be argued that we are in what I call “the last days of the last days” – but the growing bottom-up citizen pushback against globalism is definitely a step in a different direction from what once appeared to be an inexorable march toward a one-world government.

The Scriptures repeatedly exhort us to understand the times and discern seasons. The sons of Issachar were commended in I Chronicles 12:32 for understanding the times. And it’s clear to me that the times we’re in will deeply trouble our souls and plunge us into despair if we lose sight of the fact that our Lord is sovereign and He delights in showing Himself mighty on behalf of His faithful in just such times as these.

But this surprising pushback against globalism seems to me to be a reminder that we should be cautious in concluding too much from geopolitical events about the timing of the end of days and Christ’s return.

Instead, let us heed the exhortations of Scripture, to “occupy” until He comes (in other words, to be about His kingdom business); to persevere in running the race set before us; and to not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap the harvest.

For it may well be that revival and widespread cultural reformation is right around the corner.

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