Embraced and Engaged: Grace and Ethics in American Foreign Policy

Embraced and Engaged: Grace and Ethics in American Foreign Policy

by Ron Kirkemo

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Overview

What do Joseph, Joab, Jeremiah, and the Beatitudes have to do with a Christian young person in American foreign policy? Can a Christian be a diplomat, a spy, a defense industry scientist? Can a Christian impact foreign affairs as a member of Congress? Amid counsels for Christians to withdraw from the worlds of government and its power and self-interest, Ron Kirkemo argues a person embraced by God's grace should be engaged in the nation's purposes and the movement of history. Through such engagement God's children can impact history, but they will inevitably face ethical issues. This book is not about the policy of foreign policy, but about people conducting policy, the ethical issues they may and will face, and strategies for keeping one's First Love their first love.

Is government ordained by God or history a movement of fate? If not, God's grace becomes a central factor in life. Is America headed the way of Babylon? If not, or if maybe, then Christians need to engage the intellectual and operational aspect of policy to prevent that decline and prevail against enemies. Is there a disconnect between the traits for success in foreign affairs and the ""servant leadership"" model espoused by many Christian colleges and universities? Kirkemo engages these issues and urges students to consider the Rhodes Ideal for shaping their years in college.

This book will at times provoke controversy, but it always hopes to inspire and enlighten as it interprets history and Scripture, describes professional life, gives insight, offers counsel, and affirms one's openness to God and growth in spiritual life.


""Based on a lifetime of theological reflection, scholarship, and experience, Ron Kirkemo offers timely wisdom based on timeless truths. His book is a passionate, nuanced, and original guide, grounded with equal depth in the Christian tradition and the policy world. For Christians, it will serve to inform current policy professionals and, one hopes, to inspire a new generation to faithful service in the two kingdoms.""
--William Inboden, author of Religion and American Foreign Policy, 1945-1960: The Soul of Containment

""While this thoughtful and perceptive book particularly challenges young Christians to work in the foreign policy arena, its discussion can be an aid to Christians of all ages. The author not only provides different lessons that can be drawn from biblical narratives, but he outlines the complexities which confront policy makers as well as the particular challenges which confront Christians who choose to work within the field and remain faithful to their Christian principles.""
--Corwin Smidt, Calvin College

""Embraced and Engaged is a wonderfully written and scholarly textbook that helps students explore opportunities for serving their country in the foreign policy arena . . . Embraced and Engaged would be very suitable for a foreign policy or international relations course. Anyone interested in developing a more in-depth and Christian perspective of foreign policy would also benefit from reading this book.""
--Chris McHorney, California Baptist University


Ron Kirkemo is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Point Loma Nazarene University, and is currently Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego. Among his published writings are An Introduction to International Law (1973), Between the Eagle and the Dove: The Christian and American Foreign Policy (1976), and ""At the Lectern Between Jerusalem and Sarajevo: A Christian Approach to Teaching Political Science"" (2002). He is a member of the American Association of Political Consultants, the Association for Intelligence Officers, the National Association of Fellowships Advisors, and the National Defense Industry Association.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606083352
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ron Kirkemo is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Point Loma Nazarene University, and is currently Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego. Among his published writings are An Introduction to International Law (1973), Between the Eagle and the Dove: The Christian and American Foreign Policy (1976), and "At the Lectern Between Jerusalem and Sarajevo: A Christian Approach to Teaching Political Science" (2002). He is a member of the American Association of Political Consultants, the Association for Intelligence Officers, the National Association of Fellowships Advisors, and the National Defense Industry Association.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction xi

1 War and Renewal 1

The Diplomats of July

Hans Morgenthau and the Sisyphean World Order

The Science of War and Peace

The Reach for Transformation

Cycles and the Promethean Temptation

The Folly of Prometheus

Reality and Renewal

2 Scripture and Grace 35

Scriptural Foundations

Scriptural Examples

Courts

The Kingdom of God

Emmaus and Troas

Theological Framework

Reformation Theology

Grace and Personal Stages

Grace and Goodness

A Model of Grace in Our Lives

Embraced by Grace

Grace and Governance

Two Test Cases

From Grace to Ethics

3 Diplomacy: The Professional Front Line 73

Diplomacy

Grace and Diplomacy

The Foreign Service

The Service at Work

The Department of State

Organizational Culture

The Personal Face of Diplomacy

Two Examples

Success Strategies

Engaging the World

A Meditation on Revelation 2-3

4 Intelligence: Breaking the Threat Chain 109

The Threat Chain

First Steps

The Institutional Context

Analytical Operations

Clandestine Operations

The Personal Context

Examples

The New Global Context

Organizational Culture

Covert Operations

Counterintelligence

Ethical Dilemmas

Grace and Operations

A Meditation on Psalm 137

5 Defense: Minds at War 146

Strategic Doctrines

Fourth-Era, Fourth-Generation Wars

Academics in Defense

The Defense Industry

Scientists and Technicians

Public Administration: Program Manager

Lobbyists

Conclusion

A Meditation on Isaiah 47

6 Politics: The Political World of Congress 185

The Structural Context

Example

Reaching for Congress

Building a Campaign

The Christian Vote

Campaign Ethics

APlatform for Impact

Politics is Personal

Ethics in Congress

Christians and Congress

Legislative Example

Three Key Words

No Guarantees

A Meditation on Judges 9

7 Beyond the Campus Culture 222

The Locust Years

The Rhodes Ideal

To Reinvent Yourself

Gender Issues

Example

Internships

Distinguished Scholarships

Personal Statements

Matthew, The Prodigal, and the Preacher

A Meditation on Jeremiah 4:19-22

Bibliography 253

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