Posted by: Jim | August 2, 2006


A Good Christian

Today at lunch I was musing over the difference between the foreign policy of our current administration–who continuously calls upon fundamentalist Christian “sensibilities” to guide its policies–and the policies that Jesus would have actually espoused while he was on Earth.

After all, Jesus came to a nation that was being horribly repressed by another nation at the time. Rather than talk about that nation’s right to defend itself, arm itself, make pre-emptive strikes, etc., he instructed the Israelites to look inward, feed the poor, help the sick, and become better people. I case could so easily be made that this administrations policies are blatant opposites from the characteristics Jesus called “blessed” during his sermon from the Mount.

So, to do a little research, I decided to look up what else has been said. I did a search for “Christ’s foreign policy” and found this link and, I must confess, since it appeared to be a typical Christian website, I assumed it would have mediocre pablum that would be, at best, confusing and contradictory.

But I was wrong. The writer of this article is still a clear-thinking individual who has not been drinking Bush’s Kool-aid. Props to Harlan Simantel. I don’t agree 100% with his opinion, but to me it seems like what a Christian foreign policy truly should be.


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