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”
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.
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”