Can Christians be libertarian?

John Stossel once said “I used to be a Kennedy-style “liberal.” Then I wised up. Now I’m a libertarian. But what does that mean? When I asked people on the street, half had no clue.”

Most of us are in the same boat. Is the libertarian an Ayn Rand supporter? Are they a reader of Mises? Do they support anarchy? Are they in support of home schooling? Do they drink raw milk?

The answer to this series of questions is yes. And no.

The fact is that libertarianism is a rather vague term, which roughly means that you believe coercive power should be limited, whether that power could accomplish good or evil.

Most libertarian thinking individuals fear the “worst that could happen” more than they anticipate the “good that could be done” when someone hold a certain power over another person.

Historically, this aversion towards the collection of power has merit. Societies that amass power tend toward state worship and servitude. Such practices create a very powerful, yet very corrupt state, eventually leading to the downfall of a civilization.

Christians, like other people, have this temptation to use power to advance their causes because, after all, they “won’t abuse that power.”  And yet, nation after nation has seen the consequences of giving one man, or group of men so much power.

Jacqueline Otto, over at Common Sense Concept, has a very good article on Christian libertarians. She references a number of scriptures that show that Christianity is about voluntary submission to Jesus. The whole nature of a relationship with God is that the relationship exists on your own volition.

This meshes with the core concepts of libertarianism. The core belief of a libertarian is to reject the use of force on others. They also have a tremendous respect for logic and for the various intricacies of human nature. Jesus never commanded the Christian church to” go out and make subjects of the Christian mission.” He commanded Christians to “go out and make disciples of all nations.”

The only true relationship is one that is entered into by your own free will. As a Christian I choose to support liberty wherever possible because I believe that our message is strongest when our fellow Christ followers arrived there, not by coercion, but by their own choosing.

Do you have a blog and consider yourself a Christian Libertarian? If so, post a comment with a link to your blog!

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