American Interventionism Is Built On American Exceptionalism.

Much of American Foreign Policy post WW2 has been built on the idea that engagement is better than enablement, the notion that if we aren’t involved in wars abroad, we’ll inevitably be forced to face those same conflicts here at home. The question for the US has never been whether or not to engage, but rather how much to engage (Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.). The problem with “America First” is that isolationism actually reduces our country’s standing both abroad and at home. Even with all our flaws (and we certainly have them), this nation has nevertheless been used as one of the greatest governments and defenders of freedom the world has yet seen. Not just for ourselves, but for our allies and those who are oppressed. Ask the people of Normandy and the nations of Europe how they felt about “American interventionism” in 1944-1945. There are more people living in freedom today than ever in history, due in large part to American involvement. When the argument resurfaces that money spent abroad is better spent at home, what’s often not realized is that money spent abroad actually protects us at home. We can’t do everything and we can’t be involved in everything, but we can do something.

Building a wall may be a proactive security measure,* but building a world of opportunity is a much greater security measure. The reason Reagan was able to tell Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” was precisely because we waved the flag of freedom around the globe, not just on our own shores. Darkness could not quench the light of the flame of liberty, that shining city on a hill.

America is, and always has been, at its best when we not only “look for our own interests, but also for the interest of others.” That’s not just good Scripture; that’s good governance.

*(even though the crime rate for legal citizens is this country is actually higher than for illegals, and the only terrorist attacks outside Pearl Harbor that have ever occurred on our homeland were by US citizens and those here legally, not illegally)

Barry E. Fields

All Things New is the preaching and teaching ministry of Barry E. Fields, pastor of Hawesville Baptist Church, a regional congregation on the Ohio River with two campuses in Kentucky (Hawesville) & Indiana (Crossroads Tell City) and membership in five counties.

Originally from Bowling Green, he grew up at Glendale Baptist Church under the ministry of Pastor Richard Oldham, competed for Western Kentucky University's nationally recognized speech and debate team before receiving a B.A. in History in 2007, completed an M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville in 2010, a Th.M. in 2012, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Homiletics and Church History at Southern, serving as Garrett Fellow to Dr. Hershael York from July 2012-December 2014. He has also taught theology and church history as an adjunct instructor for Campbellsville University. Before coming to his present ministry, he was pastor of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Buffalo, Kentucky, for almost 5 years.

Active in denominational life, Barry currently serves on the Southern Baptist Convention's Young Leaders Advisory Council, a small group of pastors and ministry leaders seeking to engage the next generation in cooperative missions and ministry; recently completed a term on the SBC's Committee on Committees; currently represents the Blackford Breckinridge Baptist Association on the Kentucky Baptist Convention's Executive Mission Board; and has served on the KBC's Committee on Nominations, as well as several associational roles.

In his free time, he enjoys reading history and politics, listening to WKYU's Barren River Breakdown (Bluegrass and folk music) along with a variety of podcasts, as well as watching historical and political documentaries and the Andy Griffith show. Barry has a desire to help people fulfill the Great Commission through the Great Commandments: by showing the love of Christ, we can better share the love of Christ, and make disciples of all nations. And just so you know, he bleeds BLUE (UK Basketball)!