Foreign Policy from a Christian PerspectiveSubmitted by fadingTruth on Tue, 12/06/2011 - 15:26
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.
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:
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.
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?