In summary, a Kingdom-based foreign policy is not founded on secular left/right political presuppositions but on Kingdom presuppositions.
Christians have failed to promote a coherent foreign policy because they have started from left/right secular presuppositions or mistaken ideas about the end-times.
These mistaken ideas about the end-times have led to anti-visions, rather than a vision.
Instead, a Kingdom-based foreign policy must begin with God’s vision for the planet.
Only when Christians embrace this vision will they be in a position to advance a coherent, consistent and positive foreign policy.
There are five principles to a Kingdom-based foreign policy. Continue reading “Toward A Kingdom-Based Foreign Policy – 9”
I’ve left the discussion of war last in this blog post series because worldwide peace will only come as nations implement the first 4 principles.
As the knowledge of God covers the earth, the kingdom of God expands and more of the earth is converted to Christianity, peace and war will become a thing of the past. (Isaiah 2:4) (Isaiah 9:7) Until then, a policy on the use of force is necessary.
Force is necessary to restrain evil, but should only be used as a last resort and then only in full awareness of every nation’s responsibility to fulfill the vision of a world in which there will be no war.
Consequently, Christians should not mock non-Christians who urge others to “visualize world peace.” It is only their means, not their goal, which is naive. Continue reading “Toward A Kingdom-Based Foreign Policy – 8”
If you are an American no discussion of foreign policy is complete without addressing foreign aid.
Many Christians in America seem to have an ethical objection to foreign aid. They believe America gives too much money away to nations that end up hating America.
I understand why people feel that way, but the reality is that foreign aid should be part of a Kingdom-based foreign policy, with two qualifications.
First, foreign aid should not be a part of deficit spending. Deficit spending is presumptuous and immoral, whether it is done domestically or as a part of a nation’s foreign policy. As Dennis Peacocke says, God pays for what He orders.
Continue reading “Toward A Kingdom-Based Foreign Policy – 7”
A Kingdom-based foreign policy promotes the fulfillment of God’s plan for the earth.
Therefore, treaties should should be evaluated on the basis of whether they advance God’s plan for the earth or retard it, not whether they promote the nation’s self-interest.
A treaty designed to promote a cleaner environment or protect the ozone layer may not be in a nation’s best short-term economic interest but it is consistent with God’s plan to ensure the life of a planet whose future ultimately belongs to the Kingdom of God.
A Kingdom-based foreign policy should seek treaties that permit Christian missionaries entry into foreign nations and secure religious liberty around the world. The Treaty of Tien-tsin in 1858 did just that. France, the UK, the Russian Empire and the United States entered into the treaty with the Emperor of China to open up Chinese ports, allow missionaries into China and secure religious liberty to all Christians in China. Continue reading “Toward A Kingdom-Based Foreign Policy – 6”
The second principle of a Kingdom-based foreign policy is to follow the order of favor.
A Kingdom-based foreign policy should favor Christian nations over all others, secular nations over non-Christian nations, and religiously non-hostile (toward Christianity) nations over religiously hostile (toward Christianity) nations.
When Jehu the prophet confronted King Jehoshaphat after he had aligned his nation with King Ahab of Israel he could not have been more clear, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord and so bring wrath on yourself from the Lord?” 2 Chronicles 19:2.
The order of favor is based on the premise that a peoples’ worldview will always be informed by their most deeply held religious beliefs. Christian and non-Muslim nations, for example, will never have peace with fundamentalist Muslim nations because Islam seeks world domination.
There is a much better chance for a Christian nation to have peace with a nation like Turkey, which is culturally Muslim but for all practical purposes is secular. There is an even better chance of peace with a secular nation that believes in pluralism because Christianity does well in the marketplace of ideas. Continue reading “Toward A Kingdom-Based Foreign Policy – 5”