Toward A Kingdom-Based Foreign Policy – 4

Once the vision is known, a plan is needed to achieve it. A foreign policy is a strategic plan to achieve a vision of how the world should be.

To achieve the vision the Bible describes for the world, and which I outlined in the previous post, the spread of Christianity is an absolute necessity.

The problems with the world are not primarily intellectual but ethical but both are necessary, along with obedience to King Jesus, to fulfill God’s vision for the planet.

The first question, and the one looming above all other when deciding how a nation should act in its relations with other nations, is, “Does the nation’s conduct promote or hinder the spread of Christianity?”

Sometimes that might mean supporting a fledgling democracy where pluralism provides Christianity an opportunity in the marketplace of ideas. At other times it might mean supporting a less democratic leader who protects a Christian minority from persecution by an anti-Christian majority.  Continue reading “Toward A Kingdom-Based Foreign Policy – 4”

Toward A Kingdom-Based Foreign Policy – 3

We needn’t guess about God’s plan for the planet because He has revealed it in the Bible.

By the time Jesus returns, the earth will be substantially transformed into the place God intends.

There will still be non-Christians because, as Jesus said, when He returns non-Christians will have to be removed from His kingdom. (Matt. 13:36-43).

In the last days, I believe things will look like this:

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Toward A Kingdom-Based Foreign Policy – 2

Any successful foreign policy starts with a vision, a picture of how the world should be.

Without a vision, coherency and consistency in a nation’s conduct toward other nations is unlikely.

The difference between a Kingdom-based and secular foreign policy start with the motive and content of the vision.

In a typical secular foreign policy the purpose of the vision is typically judged on the extent to which it promotes the self-interest of that nation. An example is the Monroe Doctrine, which prevented European interference in the sovereign affairs of Latin American nations, preserving American hegemony in the region.

The post-war foreign policy of the former Soviet Union, which was designed to promote communist revolution around the world and establish client states and socialist allies, is another example. Continue reading “Toward A Kingdom-Based Foreign Policy – 2”

Toward A Kingdom-Based Foreign Policy – 1

Because of the developments around the world over the last 10 days, Americans are focused on its nation’s foreign policy more now than at any time in the last 4 years.

I thought it a good time then to offer some thoughts on what a Kingdom-based foreign policy should look like.

Before I begin though, I want to say if you interpret what I say in these next few posts as endorsing or criticizing a particular presidential candidate’s foreign policy you will have misinterpreted what I write.

If I am approaching the issue of foreign policy from the context of the left/right game, I’m wasting your time and mine. You can find the typical left/right party lines on foreign policy on any number of blogs or talk shows. They are predictable, well-worn and frankly not very interesting. Continue reading “Toward A Kingdom-Based Foreign Policy – 1”

Toward A Kingdom-Based Foreign Policy

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I’ve watched with interest my country’s flip-flopping foreign policy toward Egypt, and I have to say it was a little embarrassing.  Now it’s same song second verse with Libya.

I’m sure it looked to the world like we were supporters of Mubarak as long as we thought Mubarak would remain in power and advance our interests in the Middle East.

When it looked like a popular revolution would prevail we were for the people. I’m trying to find the principle that motivated that policy.

I recognize foreign policy can’t be entirely altruistic, but neither should it be entirely self-interested. Continue reading “Toward A Kingdom-Based Foreign Policy”