3 Pillars of Success for Foreign Relations

"Next to God's Word, History is the richest foundation of wisdom and the surest guide." – Historian Philip Schaff

America is facing potential catastrophes that are unfolding across the globe. With the prospect of impending conventional or nuclear war on several fronts, we would do well to heed the advice of America's first president in his Farewell Address of 1796. President George Washington spoke of the dangers ahead for our country.

Minimize Foreign Influence

Washington identified three pillars of success in America's relationships with foreign nations. First, he advocated that foreign influence in the United States be restricted because he understood European ideologies and the negative effect they could have on a Constitutional Republic. He recognized Europe as already being a post-Christian culture, the center of libertine and tyrannical ideologies. Millions of Americans had escaped European tyrants with their persecutions of the faithful and their rebellion against God and His Word. Colonists did not want to return to the tyranny of the evil myth of the "divine right of kings." Washington urged that we live by "the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained." He explained that "religion and morality are indispensable supports" for political prosperity and for private and public happiness.

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