Wednesday, November 25, 2009

10 Reasons I Am A Libertarian Christian

I found this excellent article entitled "10 Reasons I Am A Libertarian Christian." The author begins thusly:


"1. The Biblical maxim to 'love your neighbor' and the Libertarian principle of non-aggression are essentially synonymous.

2. With the exception of defensive wars in the case of attack, war is an evil that plagues humanity; Christians are to be peacemakers and together with Libertarians should oppose national aggression."

And proceeds beautifully. Indeed there is no contradiction in being a devout, confessing Christian and a libertarian.

Read the whole list here.

9 comments:

Alexander James Fremont said...

That was an excellent article, thank you for brining it to my attention. A libertarian government is the best way (in my opinion) to foster an environment where one can seek Christianity unclouded by government. In the past we have had tyrannical governments force and impose their beliefs in the name of Christ, this serves only to cloud the public's perception of God and because no government is perfect: could lead and/or force someone do commit ungodly deeds.

W. E. Messamore said...

Well-said. I'm a Christian myself and I totally agree that Church and State should remain separate- as should economy and state!

Grant Davies said...

As a Christian libertarian of long standing, I welcome what seems like a renewed interest in the subject. People often paint with a broad brush and thoughtlessly conclude that liberty means licence.

http://whatwethinkandwhy.blogspot.com

mattb said...

Thanks for re-posting my blog. Good work here, keep it up!

gecko said...

Happy Thanksgiving we messy :)

W. E. Messamore said...

Grant- I say the exact same thing! Libertarianism does not and must not mean or entail being a "libertine."

MattB- Great article!

Gecko- Happy Thanksgiving to you and KG down under!

indigomyth said...

Many Christians that describe themselves as "Libertarian" are actually theonomic reconstructionists, and believe that such things as blasphemy and idolatry should be illegal. They, in short, do not believe in free speech.

indigomyth said...

Or, to put it another way, licentiousness, as in the state not having a moral code for individual conduct that does not reduce other people's liberty, is a human right; it is the right to be licentious without government limitation. One can, of course, not be licentious and be very committed to traditional values. However, you can be the latter in a licentious state, but not the former in a traditionalist state.

W. E. Messamore said...

indigomyth- well said, and in case you may be wondering, I think any self-styled libertarian who also wants to outlaw blasphemy, idolatry, drug use, prostitution, gambling, etc. etc. is very confused!

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