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Christian Foreign Policy Leaders Announce a “Christian Declaration on Foreign Policy”

By Monday, October 3, 2016

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Christian foreign policy leaders gathered to unveil a Christian declaration on foreign policy at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington last Tuesday.

In the context of this year’s presidential election, the declaration’s drafters saw the need for a clarifying, thoughtful statement on how American Christians should consider their nation’s role in the world. The declaration first appeared in the summer issue of the Providence Journal of Christianity and Foreign Policy.

To learn more about the declaration and read the full signers list, please visit https://providencemag.com/2016/09/christian-declaration-american-foreign-policy/.

“Isolation or non-engagement with the world is not an option in twenty-first century America. We must engage and keep engaging,” said Philos Project Executive Director Robert Nicholson, a signatory of the declaration. “Christians who find themselves in positions of leadership must understand what their faith has to say about the world, and seek to apply those principles in a way that benefits their neighbor who is made in the image of God.”

Former National Security Council staffers Paul Miller and Mary Habeck both presented at the panel event, along with political scientist John Owen of University of Virginia, Mark Tooley, President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, and Nicholson.

“Christianity should provide a moral framework for understanding the vocation of government,” Tooley said. “Americans Protestants and Evangelicals are accustomed to thinking in terms of their own cultural and political preferences instead of trying to think with the wider church about our faith’s historic teachings on statecraft.”

Signers of the declaration also include Michael Singh, former Near East and North Africa Director at the National Security Council, Matthew Gobush, former National Security Council Director of Communications, and professors from Pepperdine,Georgetown, Duke, George Mason, and Rutgers Universities.

“Justice is an asset in our foreign policy,” Miller said at the event. “It helps undergird our foreign policy with a sense of legitimacy… If we want to have a stable posture in the world, it would be good for that to be a just posture. I think the church needs to stand in judgment over the nations including our own nation.”

“When the U.S. chooses to disengage, it often leads to more violence,” Habeck added.

While Christians rarely unify on policy issues, signers hope that the statement assists American Christians to understand the moral responsibilities of our nation at this point in history.

To learn more about the Philos Project, visit philosproject.org.

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Vivian Hughbanks

Vivian Hughbanks is Communications Director of the Philos Project. Her work has appeared in The Hill, The Federalist, The Washington Times, The Detroit News, and the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Follow her on Twitter at @vivianhughbanks.

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