Christians Should Be Libertarians – Supporting Passages & Arguments


A flip side argument from my long ago post A Short Pondering: Should a Christian Leader Impose Laws Based on Christian Standards?, as I’ve become more Libertarian in outlook.

Yes, Christians have a duty to warn those headed towards eternal doom off their wrong path (and in fact, it is a responsibility to do so, whereby a Christian’s neglect is a punishable offence in God’s eyes).

But should Christians in politics or power enact laws to enforce ‘moral’ behaviour? Apart from the fact that forcing behaviour on people automatically excludes moral actions out of their own free will, I feel that Christians should support a minimum of individual, group and government interference into the lives of people (that do not negatively affect other people).

Here’s a few reasons why:

MATTHEW 16:26

What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? – Matthew 16:26

Quick question: Would any of us condone coercing or tricking unbelievers into converting to Christianity? You know, like what the Islamic State thugs are doing in the Levant – ‘convert to Islam or die’?

Of course not, as apart from the fact that we believe only true repentance and conversion of one’s own free will count before God’s eyes, we simply don’t do that sort of thing (anymore, a polemic would be quick to add).

So if we won’t force the unsaved to believe in Jesus in order to save their very souls, then why force them to save their health or wealth or anything else on this mortal plane? After all, as Jesus says in the passage above, what is more valuable and precious than one’s soul? It is eternal and immutable, whereas earthly possessions will be left on earth, and the body will fade away into dust.

If we consider it immoral to coerce people into ‘saving’ their own eternal souls by law or threat, then what justification do we have for coercing them to avoid sweet or fatty food for the sake of their brief-by-comparison health? (If you answered ‘So they don’t burden the national healthcare system with their eventual health problems’ then that’s just another good argument against socialized healthcare.)

(Some caveats apply of course, e.g. preventing people from carrying out decisions made under non-neutral circumstances like suicide when in depression, driving when drunk, signing binding agreements without full information & understanding, etc.)

1st CORINTHIANS 6:12

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. – 1st Corinthian 6:12

This passage basically summarizes the Christian approach to ‘religious law’. Namely, we do not have long lists of detailed and binding legal minutiae accompanied by specific punishments like some other religions. (Caveat again, there are a few instances in the New Testament of proscribed behaviour and recommendations for action.)

Rather than specific letters of the law, we are given general guidelines in the spirit of the law – love God, love thy neighbor, seek righteousness on a personal and public basis. Non-adherence to these precepts brings about divine retribution rather than human punishment. (Caveat yet again – this is of course not including earthly punishments as prescribed by the laws set by human governments.)

What each of us does therefore should be with an eye on whether or not doing it is of benefit and in accordance with the precepts given by God.

ROMANS 13:10

Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Nuff said!

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4 Responses to “Christians Should Be Libertarians – Supporting Passages & Arguments”

  1. loop Says:

    ‘convert to Islam or die’?
    Only true lies Christian like you will say that.My Islamic state said ‘ to me my religion (islamic monotheism) to you be your religion.’ The real mono soul.
    Can’t see yr precious one’s soul.Big lie when even yr God got 3 soul.

  2. loop Says:

    ‘ Christians…and their wrong path..’
    O God..I read that Bible 9:6 said ..’ this people, and they are a stiff-necked people indeed!…so stubborn!how are you goin’ to warn then brother..they grabbed others by hooked or by crooked long time ago!

  3. Scott Thong Says:

    I am referring to this particular Islamic State: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant

    They are really saying ‘convert to Islam or die’. If you think that their idea of Islam is incorrect, please feel free to go and tell them (since you are a True Muslim).

    As for ‘Bible 6:9’ you could at least get the referred passage correct. It is Deuteronomy 6:9, it refers to the Israelites, and thank you for agreeing that the Almighty Himself said He would give the land to them. (Who dares argue against the word of the Almighty? You?)

  4. iç giyim Says:

    it is a responsibility to do so, whereby a Christian’s neglect is a punishable offence in God’s eyes

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