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Kurdistan and the natural right of self-determination

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Over the weekend, one of my fellow writers here at the NOQ Report, Ryan Fava, reported that Kurdistan is set to follow #Brexit with their own #Kexit.  The Kurds have long sought autonomy and independence from their Iraqi overlords.  And President Trump and his administration’s opposition to the Kurdistan independence referendum will not stop the Kurds from exercising their natural right of self-determination.

There is a fundamental question, for Christians in particular, to contemplate here.  How are we to respond to these independence and sovereignty movements, biblically?  I’m really glad you asked this question.

If our foreign policies are to impose particular forms of government, or arbitrarily and internationally determine borders, then I believe our foreign policies are in rebellion against God.  But if we support legitimate sovereignty movements and independence referendums, then we are acknowledging God’s Sovereignty over nations and kingdoms.

The whole counsel of God’s Word is a covenant standard for all of creation, whether or not all of creation follows it.  Nations and people who don’t, don’t to their own peril.  The law books of the Christian Scriptures are the common law, case laws, where God’s standard is applied.  In light of the New Covenant, there are laws that are discontinued (ceremonial), and the general equity of the moral laws continues today.

Does the general equity standard of the whole counsel of the Christian Scriptures affirm the natural right of self-determination?

I believe there are two fundamental passages in God’s Word that bring to light the biblical understanding of the natural right of self-determination.  The passages are Genesis 1:28 and Acts 17:26.

Genesis says, “And God blessed them.  And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’”

Acts says, “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.”

God’s Word clearly teaches the ultimate Sovereignty of God as Creator and the One who holds dominion over His creation.  And in His Sovereignty, He endows man with the authority and natural right of dominion to cultivate God’s creation.  In Acts, God’s Sovereignty is revealed in His supreme authority to determine the rise and fall of nations and kingdoms, but also His authority to determine the borders of those nations.

It is with the natural right of dominion that man also has the natural right to self-determine the national borders of the culture and sphere of creation they have authority over.  I believe the Christian Scriptures clearly imply that a legitimate exercise of the natural rights of dominion and self-determination is Jehovah God exercising His ultimate sovereignty to determine the boundaries of nations and kingdoms.

The #Brexit, and even the Scottish referendum before #Brexit, is an example of a people exercising their God-given natural right of self-determination.  As are the #Texit and the Hawaiian sovereignty movements.

The United Nations and the international community in the 1940’s are humanistic projects in rebellion against the natural right of self-determination. Because they arbitrarily carved up the Middle East and established the State of Israel.  And I say this as someone who is a strong supporter of Israel.

The global democracy projects of the Bush 43 era and Obama’s Arab Spring are not examples of the natural right to self-determination either.  In all three instances, the boundaries and borders of nations were arbitrarily determined by humanistic elites with utter disregard for the people of those lands.

If our foreign policies are to impose particular forms of government, or arbitrarily and internationally determine borders, then I believe our foreign policies are in rebellion against God.  But if we support legitimate sovereignty movements and independence referendums, then we are acknowledging God’s Sovereignty over nations and kingdoms.

Therefore, I fully support Kurdistan’s independence referendum and their natural right of self-determination.  President Trump and his administration should seriously reconsider its opposition.  Most importantly, I want to pray for peace and safety for the people of Kurdistan during and after their independence referendum passes.

Full disclosure: I am a supporter of the Texas Nationalist Movement and the #Texit independence referendum, as a citizen of Texas.

Theocratic conservative blogger and columnist, independent speechwriter, and political provocateur Trey Mays is a Christian Reformist — because culture needs fundamental reform, not revolutionary change. He is a fighter for a multi-party, decentralized Constitutional Confederacy of small Christian republics based on the standards of God's Law of Liberty. You can read his columns here at the NOQ Report, but if you want to read his more informal "news" letter, stop by TruthDispatch.com.

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