Monday, June 09th, 2008 | Author:

Whichever order is correct, let me state clearly that being a Christian is first. It will always outweigh being a libertarian – or a wife or an American or even a Redsox fan. That said, I believe Christianity and Libertarianism fit together very nicely. In fact, I will boldly say that I think all other American political parties are anti-Christian.

A few months ago, I tried to explain all this to a friend. Bless him, he said he understood, but my explanation looks like gibberish when I compare it to a speech given by Tom Rawles. I’m going to share a couple paragraphs in the hope that you’ll go read the whole article. Whether you’re a Christian or a Libertarian or both, like me, you’ll learn something.

The first is the unfortunately large and vastly increasing use by Christians of the force of government to promote their Christian ideals. Thus, the religious left, driven by Christ’s request to feed the hungry, uses the coercive power of government to redistribute wealth, to take property by force from those who have to give it to those who have not. By the same token, the religious right, equally driven by Christ’s admonition to “go and sin no more,” uses the force of government to define and, then, dictate morality.

For instance, when Jesus said to feed the hungry, he did not add that you should go to Caesar and get a law passed requiring all your neighbours to give money to the government so that the hungry could be fed. It was a personal and intimate request of you, out of love for him, to voluntarily and freely feed the hungry. How you respond is up to you. When Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery, “Go and sin no more”, he did not follow that up by hiring a lobbyist to get the Roman Senate to pass a law ensuring that lady’s future conduct. It was, again, an intimate and personal request, and compliance was based upon the yearnings of the heart, upon the love of Christ. How she, and we, respond is up to us. We have the freedom to decide, a very libertarian notion.

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2 Responses
  1. Bryan says:

    It’s funny you should mention that. Back in 2003 I started a Christian Libertarians Yahoo group to see if there were any more of my species. A couple of years later I decided that it would be worth the money and effort to start a full fledged web site. Which I named I changed the order of the words because I felt it was important that libertarian be the adjective describing the political ideals of this Christian rather than the other way ’round. What you say is true. God had much more in mind when He created charity than simply filling the bellies of the poor. And I cannot find a single instance of Christ advocating the initiation of force as a means to those ends.

    Peace, Freedom, Justice and Prosperity,
    Bryan Morton

  2. akaGaGa says:

    Thanks for the comment, Bryan. And you’re right, of course, about Christ not advocating violence. The closest He came, I think, was flipping some tables in the temple. And I’m pretty sure He said something about turning the other cheek, not swinging the other fist. :)