Found another good blog: Hannah Im She has a post which I can only describe as ‘American as Samaritan’, ‘ The Parable of the Good American?’. At first, when I read it, I was prone to disagree, based upon my general agreement with Parablemans’ point that America, as a nation, cannot be rightly described as Christian. I looked for a direct quote, but couldn’t find it so just going on what I recall from comment dialogs. ( He is good at clarifying so I may get called on this one). I refer to him because that is what most colored my thinking on the subject.
update: I do believe that the conversation I remembered was in Christian Nation. Thanks, Jeremy.
I was thinking this way: how can we predicate policy upon Christian teaching upon which we no longer have a consensus? But then I thought further into it, and we do hold the values even if we don’t hold the place name for the source. Hannah writes from the perspective of a Christian and how one reacts, as a Christian in their own view and reaction, but it has tie-ins with how we approach our foreign policy. We do -presently- behave as the Good Samaritan in some cases. Maybe the better ones of giving support and aid to other countries.
It is an interesting premise: giving help to those we consider evil. I don’t know that the Samaritan story is about that, it is more about helping your fellow man whoever he is… and the ethnic difference was not a representation of national interest. In fact, maybe that is the whole point. That we are not fully defined by national or ethnic boundaries.
Does this work well in our official government policy? Is it mixing apples and oranges… diluting the purpose of government to restrain evil?
I’m not sure, but the post got me mulling the matter over. One thing I do see, that in practice we do mix apples and oranges. We do it for a plethora of reasons, from perceived interest to compassionate goals.