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The American public often associates evangelicals with domestic political fights over abortion and same-sex marriage. But historically, they have been no less active in shaping events on distant shores. In Evangelicals and American Foreign Policy (Oxford ...

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Stefan Stackhouse

January 22, 2014  12:30pm

Foreign policy implications: 1) If the US is to fulfill its calling, then we need to encourage our nation to be as open and welcoming and hospitable as possible to people coming to our country from other nations. Better to run the risk of a terrorist or two getting in than to close the door to our being of any further use to God's global mission. 2) As much as possible, we need to encourage our nation to be at peace with all other nations, and to promote friendship between our people and all other peoples. We also need to encourage our nation and our people to deal justly and respectfully with all other nations and peoples. The hostility that so many around the world have toward the US is a big problem; it discourages people from coming here, and from being open to the witness of our own people. 3) By all means our nation must continue to stand for and uphold human rights, but with humility and not arrogance.

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Stefan Stackhouse

January 22, 2014  12:20pm

The US has a unique opportunity and calling among the nations, because we are a nation of immigrants to a far greater extent than is the case with any other nation, present or past. This places us in an exceptional position to communicate the gospel and make disciples among all the peoples of the world who come to our shores, and then to send them back out to their home countries. This is the main place where the US fits into God's overall plan of redemption, and is the main way in which our nation is of any importance to Him. The policy implications that follow from this? See my next post.

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Evangelicals and American Foreign Policy
Oxford University Press
2013-10-02
272 pp., $24.60
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