Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.
Photo credit: Trocaire (CC-By-2.0)
Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.Photo credit: Trocaire (CC-By-2.0)
Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.
Photo credit: Trocaire (CC-By-2.0)

Evangelical Christians are among the most influential groups of activists and voters in America today. Yet, when it comes to scholarly discussion of international affairs, conservative evangelicals are astonishingly underrepresented. With the launch of Providence, the Institute on Religion & Democracy plans to fill this void by providing conservative Protestant and Evangelical perspectives on international issues.

Dangerous assumptions about a peaceful world where force of arms and strategic calculation are no longer needed pervade much of American Christianity. There has arisen a new generation of Evangelicals detached from and even embarrassed by earlier Evangelical leadership that enthusiastically supported a strong U.S. foreign and military policy.

Young Evangelicals are prone to a neo-Libertarian isolationism, pessimistic that America has any major constructive role in sustaining global order.

The young and the comfortable in today’s America too often assume their security and ease are the human historical norm. They don’t know that war, genocide, tyranny, extreme poverty, and oppression are far more common to the human experience.

Providence seeks to foster Christian conversation about our moral duties as Americans in this place and time to seek, promote, and preserve an approximate justice with liberty for as many as possible, to include above all the liberty to hear and proclaim the Gospel around the world.

 Today’s Evangelical pacifists and isolationists are partly a reaction against past Evangelical and Protestant failure effectively, if at all, to articulate historic Christian ethical teaching about God’s purpose for nations and governments. Providence will strive to rectify that failure and to initiate an exciting new adventure in seeking to interpret where America fits in the divine constellation of an ever onrushing human history.

Get CT In Your Inbox!

Don't miss a single update.

You May Also Like

North Carolina’s “Bathroom Bill” Defended in New Ad

An ad by the Institute for Faith and Family reminds North Carolina voters that HB 2, North Carolina’s “Bathroom Bill” is not just about privacy, but safety too.

Pray for Flood Victims in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa

There is historic flooding in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa due to rapid snowmelt and the effects of a “bomb cyclone” that hit last week.

Intact Fetuses “Just a Matter of Line Items” for Planned Parenthood Affiliate

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Director of Research says department contributes significantly to bottom line, has history of selling aborted fetal tissue.

Planned Parenthood Tells Women to “Google” Abortion Alternative Services

Live Action released a video showing pregnant women referred to Google by Planned Parenthood staff when they asked about alternative pregnancy services.