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Foreign Policy from a Christian Perspective

Hi everyone. I wanted to post this for a while and get others thoughts regarding what a Christian’s foreign policy should look like. It was as if the holy sprit was calling me to these scriptures and I had to write them out and post this. Lets start this off and please if anyone understands these things better then I do please post your comments.

Psalm 23
A Psalm of David.
1 The LORD is my shepherd; shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell[a] in the house of the LORD Forever.

So my understanding of this is that God will provide and lead me to the right path and even though we walk in the shadow of death(the threat of death) we are to not fear that evil which causes death as God saved us from eternal death through his son Jesus Christ. God will see that our needs are meet even in the midst of our enemies. If we should not fear evil then why fear terrorism?

Pleas consider the next verse:

Matthew 26:50-52
50 But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. 51 And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

52 But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish[f] by the sword. 53 Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? 54 How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?”

This to me illustrates a rebellion against what God has set in motion; seeking to retaliate with violence against those that would do us harm. From this scripture violence in defense of oneself is not the answer however Jesus knew what was about to happen and let the ear get cut off. Why? Is this an illustration of the seriousness regarding the Disciples willingness to defend that which they hold dear to them? Sounds like a good question to me.

Jesus states that if you take up the sword then you shall die by the sword. It this to me is a clear warning and shows how we should defend ourselves; by relaying on and showing obedience to God. Not through retaliation or threat of violence against those whom wrong us.

Luke 6:27 - 31
Love for Enemies

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

This versus seems to show how we can love our enemies by treating them not how they treat us but how we would want them to treat us. This I feel rings true with identifying the way forward with a new foreign policy that doesn’t create blowback and incites hate of us around the world. To me, it feels as though we are hypocrites in confessing our savior is Jesus and then committing acts of aggression and retaliation that his very words condemn.

Matthew 22:34-40
The Greatest Commandment
34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[d] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[e] 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

If every bit of the Law God has given us to live by hangs on the above scripture. If we are not capable of loving our neighbors as we love ourselves then we are destined to disobey God, disregard his Law and fall away very much like Babylon did. I believe we are in the age of “Babylon the great”!

Finally I asked myself what is love as defined by the bible and by God:

1 Corinthians 13
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

My question is how can we as Christians live with the current foreign policy when it is the complete opposite of the scripture we consider as Law. We have to stand up and condemn the actions of our government. God clearly defines in Psalm 15:

“Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?

I think this is a great question to start asking ourselves don’t you?




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IF the ancient Hebrews had . . .

lived the law (the original law) that Moses gave them, there would never have been bloodshed.

*Nobody* has ever followed God's commandments, really. There may be a few people here and there who do to the best of their ability, but never a complete religious 'society', which is why religions so often 'go south'--

YES! If *we* Christians lived these things, the transformation in the world would be amazing--

absolutely amazing--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

I agree look what the disciples were able to acheive

It isn't impossible for leaders to step forward as an example!

Read Daniel 2:44:

"In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever."

A "Kingdom" is a government. According to this scripture in Daniel, God is going to set up a government that will wipe out all the existing governments on Earth. This would include the United States' government. So, trying to force our government(when we know that it says at 1 John 5:19 that "the whole world lies in the power of the evil one"), to change, or act more "Christian like", is futile, because all of the government's of the world are in opposition to God's government, and will be destroyed by God.

"I support the Declaration of Independence and I interpret the Constitution."

My wifes mother says the same thing...

The only question I have is what do we do about those that would do evil by our government against the freedoms God has granted us through the bible. Are we to remain silent or are we to speak out against those things that are against the Law of God?

We should never remain

We should never remain silent. Jesus didn't. His apostles didn't. We are to go into the world and spread the good news...even if it goes against what our government states. The good news, in my opinion, includes the message of freedom...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom - 2 Corinthians 3:17.

maybe this nation will be rescued . . .

just before it topples over the brink?

I don't know; I have wondered the same thing many times--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Kudos on laying out the

Kudos on laying out the proper christian perspective on foreign policy...as a christian, this is my belief...now as to these neocon "christian in name only" you would think they would read their bibles on occasion instead of just listening to what their pastors tell them...
they shall know we are christians by our love, not by the butt of a gun.

"and the truth shall make you free"
John 8:32

I always think about what people did when they didn't know

how to read 400 - 500 years ago. They relied on those that would be considered Psalm 15 men to stand for the principles that God laid out for us.

I Read my bible not often but listen to Independent Preachers and My Preacher and those from the Liberty Moment. I objectively listen and compare the message and decide what is the real message of Jesus Christ and of God.

That message I believe is Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness!

Judge a tree by the fruit it bears:

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Galatians 5:13-14
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

I think you just sparked another post I am going to work on

Liberty from a Christan Perspective...

:)

Habakkuk 2:2

And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make [it] plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

Very good.

Christian warmonger is the ultimate oxymoron. I recently had a very godly man, who I highly respect, take me to task for pointing out Gingrich's WW3 plans that include invading North Korea. Broke my heart.

I live in SC - the propaganda here (in the BUCKLE of the Bible belt!) is that our pre-emptive invasions are keeping us safe so they are justified.

THAT mindset is NOT of the Lord. It is Patriotism mixed with Christianity - the former distorting the latter. It reminds me of Hitler's Nationalism, which he mixed with Christianity. NOT GOOD.

People are Scipturally ignorant and therefore will believe whatever the Republican party says because the GOP platform is all about God and country. Well, the Word of God does NOT mix God and country...it's all about Jesus Christ...period...and as fadingTruth has shown, Jesus Christ is certainly NOT a warmonger.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

appreciating your post--

I have experienced what you wrote in your first paragraph--

it IS heart-breaking, and it is very hard to know how to bring the truth home.

The fact is that many people read the scriptures with a 'motive' and don't let the scriptures speak to them in their purity.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

That you soo much...

I wish I could communicate this better to those who need to hear it!

I agree. There are many,

I agree. There are many, many scriptures which show that our current foreign policy is not in keeping with the teachings of Jesus.

I would add the beatitudes, Matthew 5:3-12 - this one in particular: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.

Also, 2 Timothy 1:7: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

I have tried to speak to those who live in fear of Islam, terrorism, "them" over "there"...all we can do, I think, is to speak out and back up everything with scripture. Ask others to back up what they believe with scripture...I don't think they will be able to do it.

Those are good Scriptures

I would love to get a Thread going where we have like a bible study thing were we discuss Freedom as described by God and how that fits with Ron Paul's Message.

I was thinking along those

I was thinking along those lines today, as well...a thread that contains scripture, as a resource for discussion with our Christian friends.

The so-called...

... "evangelical pastors" who support these warmongers have no idea what you are trying to get across. It's a shame and a disgrace. That fellow from Family Leader (Focus on the Family?) is another Judas Iscariot. Judas was happy with 30 shekels. Van Sloot (or whatever his name is) nailed Gingrich for $200,000 to betray his principles.

Plano TX

Does what I am saying make come accross as clear?

I tried to do that.