Psalm 2 – Why Do the Far-right Rage?

The European Elections took place last week and the majority of the results were announced on Sunday. There were gains made by Eurosceptic parties in most of Europe, and in the UK we saw the hard-right party UKIP take first place. Elsewhere hard-left parties did well and generally the ruling parties and the pro-European parties fared worse than 5 years ago.

The Far-Right

The shock was that the far-right had made major gains in a number of countries and in France the Front National had come first. The European far-right could, in many ways, be said to be the West’s version of Boko Haram or al-Qa’ida. Indeed, the history of far-right extremism gives us pogroms and murders, and found its true horror in the rise of Nazi Germany.

But what does God say about these matters? Is there cause for worrying about the rise of the far-right in Europe? Well, yes, there should be concern due to the scapegoating methods of these groups and the historic (and even quite recent) record of brutality and murder by the far-right extremists. We should rightly seek to counter their message of hate, and we should seek to steer the political debate away from the politics of blame and accusation towards a politics of peace and betterment for all in society. Yet this concern should not lead us to fret. Why?

Psalm 2

Well, perhaps it is good to look at Psalm 2.

Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers take counsel together,
    against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
    and cast away their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
    the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
    and terrify them in his fury, saying,
“As for me, I have set my King
    on Zion, my holy hill.”

Psalm 2:1-6 (ESV)

Notice that those who oppose the Lord and His people are plotting in vain. And note the Lord’s response: He holds them in derision. He laughs. Though they may attack His Name and His people the Lord knows their end, that they will perish and that His people will prevail.

And so we can see that because God is Sovereign and is Omniscient He knows and can be sure that the vain plotting of men will come to naught. The far-right may claim that they are speaking for Christ, or that they are speaking for the common man, but these are deceptions and lies. The true heart of the far-right is evil and set against the Name of Christ. The Lord knows what He will do to them.

And so no, we should not fret; we should not worry about such events which Michele Hanson described as “things…getting creepy again.” We should trust in the Lord and know that He is Almighty.

Christ Has the Victory

Psalm 2 continues:

I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
    today I have begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
    and the ends of the earth your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron
    and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
    be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
    lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
    for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 2:7-12 (ESV)

So let all the rulers and all the politicians take note (and let us as well) that it is only in Christ that we find peace and love, and that those who engage in the politics of hatred will be subject to the wrath of God.

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