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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.

Sandra Remilien

I have not consciously used my faith to examine foreign policy, but subconsciously I have used my faith to examine foreign policy in the Middle East. It was helpful. The Bible says to pray for peace in Jerusalem in Psalms 122:6 and that those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed. Deuteronomy 14:2 says “for you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.” This verse reminds me that God has chosen Jews to be his people and Romans 9:4 reminds me that the Jewish people have “the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises.”

When there is conflict in the Middle East, I remember that God made a covenant with Abraham and God promised the land to Abraham’s descendants. While Arabs and Palestinians don’t want peace and want to kill all of the Jews in Israel, I remember that Jews have tried to make peace.