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Reply To: Have you ever consciously or subconsciously used your faith to examine foreign policy? Was it harmful or helpful? Please elaborate.

Sarah Valdez

I have consciously used my faith to examine foreign policy. It was extremely helpful in a way that allowed me to view the world and its workings. I believe it is important to ask for directions and discernment while examining foreign policy because there are many unique situations that are unseen while considering the way that another country runs and functions in its society. It is easy to view people in light of their decisions, for example if someone is stealing then you would view them as thief which is correct, but as a Christian we are called to view them with compassion. We do not condone their actions but we de need to evaluate differently than someone who is a fellow believer. I think it is the same when looking at other countries and there policies, we must pray and ask for guidance while addressing. We can not simply come in with our organizations and plans to try and fix their problems. There needs to be a thorough dive into what we can really do to help.