One of the items Joel mentioned in our last MARS presentation was that we rarely talk about foreign relations from a Biblical perspective. Hopefully, you are coming to realize that the Bible addresses issues that we generally don’t even consider “Biblical” matters.

We will most likely develop a full-blown presentation regarding foreign policy/relations sometime in the future; but for now, here are a few verses to encourage further study.

Agreements, contracts and treaties between nations are commonplace in the Bible, such as the contract for timber between Solomon, and Hyram (1 Kings 5). See also: Ezek. 27:12-14

Pagans are not to emigrate into or dwell in your nation; for “…they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes...” (Josh. 23:12-13)

When in a foreign nation, you may buy and sell with it but meddle not in its affairs. (Deut. 2:5-6)

Do not follow the ways of other nations. (Deut. 12:29-30)

We can lend to other nations but are not to borrow from them. (Deut. 15:6)

We are not to help ungodly nations or show friendship towards them. “And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.” (2 Chron. 19:2)

If possible, avoid strife and contention (and possible war) with other nations. (Gen. 26:15-22)

God judges nations for the preemptive style military campaigns we support today. (2 Chron. 35:20-25)

The biblical guidelines concerning foreign relations were well expressed by Presidents Washington and Jefferson who said we should have peace, commerce, and honesty with nations, but are to avoid entangling alliances with all nations.

Much more could be covered on this important and timely topic, but these verses should get you started.

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Luke Saint

The board’s youngest member, bringing with him a youthful zeal and valuable contributions. Raised in a homeschool environment by parents with a reconstructionist vision, he claims Christian Reconstruction as the mindset and mission of his faith. In addition to his day job as a UPS driver, he ministers in music at his church and currently hosts a podcast, Brotherhood of the Silver Screen, a critique commentary on the latest movies and cinema trends. Luke resides in Reading, PA.

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