The Great Christian Revolution (VII), Part 6.

In Summary:

1. The goal of international relations is peace with God, not peace with Satan.

2. International relations must face the fact that nations seek to impose their will

on other nations, just as God seeks to impose His will on His enemies.

3. Christian nations must trust in God, not weapons.

4. We are not to go unarmed into battle, however: David and Goliath.

5. Christian foreign policy is to seek the surrender of the nations of the world to God through an international covenant.

6. Peace is the fruit of a previous victory, though not usually a military victory.

7. Perfect peace comes only at the last judgment.

8. Perfect peace is a legitimate goal in history, but impossible to attain.

9. Perfect peace, perfect victory, and perfect humanity are found only in the Person of Christ.

10. This perfection is imputed to us definitively at the point of conversion.

11. Peace with God produces conflict with God’s enemies.

12. Humanists seek their peace through conquest or international agreement.

13. Swords are turned into plowshares as the enemies of God surrender covenantally and nationally to God.

14. If there is no such thing as a Christian nation, there can be no such thing as international peace in this world.

15. God lures sinful empires to turn plowshares into swords as preliminary acts of aggression against Christian nations.

16. This act of rebellion then brings destruction to the rebels.

17. Tyrants eventually “overplay their hand.”

18. Arms control is an illegitimate international goal.

19. What is valid is the conversion of offensive weapons to defensive weapons in Christian nations.

20. Unilateral disarmament is illegitimate Biblically.

21. The goal of a war should be victory.

22. Diplomats are peace-seekers, not people who can deal successfully with war.

23. Christian nations should confine the use of diplomats to relations among nations that are not declared enemies.

24. Ambassadors should press the claims of Christ on every nation.

25. The international goal of history is the unconditional surrender of all nations to God (HON, p.137-138).

Conclusion:

One of the greatest challenges in our era, is convincing Christians how important they could be both in their own nation, and amongst the nations of the world. Christians have been reluctant to believe that their mission could be beyond individuals and families. We have believed the gospel, but we have had difficulty believing that the gospel of Jesus Christ had an application beyond these spheres. This has resulted in a comprehensive lack of effectiveness beyond the realm of the individual.

Until Christians start taking the offensive by preaching the whole counsel of God, the absolute sovereignty of God, and the gospel of comprehensive redemption, they will remain covenantal subordinates to the retreating humanists of the West. They will remain on the side of the losers (HON, p.237).

But all this can change. It will change at some point, when believers wake up to the fact that they have been seriously neglecting their responsibilities before God, and that the promised land of the whole world awaits them. What must we realise?

That Christians are ambassadors of reconciliation: primarily, the reconciliation of man to God, and secondarily, the reconciliation of covenant-keeping men to each other. Christians are assigned the task of announcing to the whole world that the gospel of Christ alone offers hope to the world. God is reconciling the world to Himself in history through His Son, Jesus Christ. This is God’s program for healing the nations. No other program, no other faith, no other plan can work. This is the only basis of permanent peace that God offers to men and nations in history (HON, p.233).

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