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How Christianity Affects our Foreign Policy and Why it Matters

Ken Lambert
Written by Ken Lambert

There are many Americans out there, close to 20%, that are atheist or agnostic. To those in this category, religion is typically meaningless and/or foolish. It is more often than not seen as a negative- one that can create wars and strife between nations.

Perhaps some of that is true, but the reality is that every American should desire that other nations should become more Christian. A simple look at our strongest allies, and our worst adversaries, clearly demonstrate this theory.

The section below show the list/rank of our allies and also some of our enemies- along with the top 2 prevalent religions in each country.

Top USA allies- per

  1. United Kingdom (1. Christianity, 2. Unaffiliated/ Irreligious)
  2. Canada (1. Christianity, 2. Unaffiliated/ Irreligious)
  3. Israel (1. Judaism, 2. Islam) – big disparity
  4. South Korea (1. Unaffiliated/ Irreligious, 2. Buddhism)
  5. Mexico (1. Christianity, 2. Unaffiliated/Irreligious)
  6. Japan (1. Shinto, 2. Buddhism)
  7. Australia (1. Christianity, 2. Unaffiliated/ Irreligious)
  8. France (1.Christianity, 2. Unaffiliated/ Irreligious)
  9. Germany (1. Christianity, 2. Unaffiliated/ Irreligious)
  10. Philippines (1.Christianity, 2. Islam) big disparity

Top US adversaries – per a recent Gallup poll.

  1. China (1. Confucianism, 2. Taoism)
  2. Iran (1. Islam at 99.4%, 2. “Other”)
  3. North Korea (1. Juche, 2. Korean Shamanism)

Note that out of the countries with the strongest geopolitical alliances to the USA, 70% list Christianity is the majority religion in their nation. 10% list Judaism, the older cousin of Christianity, and 20% list a different religion. NONE list Islam as the prevailing theology.   The two countries that list Islam as #2 each have an enormous statistical spread between #1 and #2.

On the flip side, our 3 biggest adversaries are varied but have one main thing in common: Christianity is NOT their #1 or #2 religion. Iran is 99.4% Islam, which is merely an admission that an Iranian really cannot be anything other than Muslim, officially. The other 2 countries are special conditions that have nothing to do with Islam, or religion in general.

When searching out new worldwide alliances, the US needs to be looking for Christian nations. That is the #1 litmus test, it seems.

This topic became of interest after hearing a story on the radio about The Bible League– a missionary group that distributes Bibles (in native languages) across much of Africa. As many know, there is a battle for the hearts and souls of the majority of African peoples. Most in Africa practice some form of tribal religion, and both Muslims and Christians are actively trying to evangelize and convert these masses. The direction of these current religious leanings will likely determine if most of Africa will be a friend or foe to the United States.

So regardless of your view on Christianity, it is in your best interest as an American and for national security to hope (and pray if you believe in that) that Christianity is spread in non-Christian parts of the world. In this ever-dangerous world, we never know who could help us, or harm us, in the future.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by

About the author

Ken Lambert

Ken Lambert

Ken Lambert, a history buff from New Hampshire, has written publicly and professionally for numerous secular and religious media, including: The Bottom Line Faith News, The U.S. Independent, and The American Constitutionist (Constitution Party newsletter). He also has co-authored a book on church history, available via .

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