Given my Scottish background and heritage, perhaps it’s surprising that I’ve stayed quiet on the upcoming Scottish vote. Obviously, I don’t live there and should be somewhat reticent about offering advice that won’t be taken.
Still, the referendum does provide for critical reflection which can shine light upon our own situation in America. Tentatively, for what little it’s worth, I think it would be neat to see it happen, but with that said:
Nothing changes on the national level
Very few Christians are able to make an intelligent distinction between “nationalism” and “jingoism.” Nationalism is simply Genesis 10 and Acts 17. In some’s desire to attack Kinism, they end up espousing Marxist views on race and border. I’m not a Kinist (whatever that word means), but in rejecting Kinism please don’t reject Genesis 10. I used to perform an experiment on critics of Kinism: I used to quote Acts 17:26 without stating the verse and watch reactions.
In a debate with an Orthodox apologist he explicitly told me too bad for Paul, this is what it means today. Such a view was pure Marxism, of course (especially ironic for an Orthodox guy), but at least he was consistent.
The Scottish nation has existed for over 1,000 years and even though today it is Leftist and a shadow of its former glory, it’s still a nation. The Scottish State and Government apparatus is an entirely different matter, and the referendum will affect that.
So even if “Better Together” wins, the Scottish nation will still be the Scottish Nation.
Will they be poor?
Probably. I don’t see their keeping the pound and it is no guarantee they will be in the Eurozone (and stay out of that Harlot of Revelation 17). If they can make money off of their oil reserves that might help.
On the other hand, Europe is socialistic. It’s not like Socialists have any ability to keep long-term wealth apart from the threat of sanctions and the barrell of a gun. So for Socialists to tell Scotland they will be poor if they don’t’ stay is somewhat hypocritical.
Will they be threatened nuclearly (or newkular, to quote Bush)?
This is among the better objections. However, Scotland has somewhat natural borders. If Hitler couldn’t take England at the height of his power in wartime, Scotland probably won’t be invaded by anybody anytime soon. And if they are out of NATO, that simply means they won’t have to die in Bankers’s Wars.
Look at their geography. They are literally at the far North end of the world on an island. Even in a technological age it would be difficult.
But will they be holy?
This is what matters the most. The Church of Scotland is borderline apostate. At least the Roman church isn’t that large. I know an independent Scotland and popery often go together, but today’s Pope opposes independence.