by Eric Andersen
I wish “same sex” marriage was our problem. It is not. The problem is other Christian believers and I have failed to consistently apply our founding ideals.
The body of Christ, well intentioned we are, inconsistently uphold the principles of “the laws of nature and Nature’s God” at the ballot box. The same sex community may be the fruit but it is not the root.
“There are thousands hacking at the branches to the one striking at the root.” – Thoreau
Let’s refocus on our mutual desire – to live in a free and prosperous society. The question before us should be “How shall we regain the character necessary for self-government?”
The conservative places his/her faith in the law – “Thou shall not.” The conservative “conserves” the status quo – government and current power structures and focuses on “them.” Change happens on a micro level.
The Christian Libertarian recognizes individual responsibility, ‘Me,’ and the source of character reform – Christ, the church, the family and parent controlled education – all damaged by a growing state.
After voting for George W. Bush . . . twice, I walked away from Conservatism.
The problem, as I see it Biblically, is “the Law” lacks power to reform my heart or my neighbor‘s (see Israel). The Law will never change my neighbor’s homosexuality or my adulterous heart or compensate for years of drift from proper application of rule of law, property rights and limited government violations by well-meaning Christians.
The Christian Libertarian seeks radical (that which strikes the root) reform and addresses the source – man’s depravity and the need for limited government and strong families. He seeks to accomplish through the individual and love what well intentioned Conservatives seek through force. Intentions do not sanctify behavior.
For example, the Conservative uses small government rhetoric yet is passive with respect to the Federal Reserve — the key source of federal power and family destruction. Ninety-five percent of the dollar’s purchasing power has been destroyed by it..Millions of moms have had to leave home for the workplace because of it. State “education” now plays an ever increasing role in handicapping our children’s character formation.
The gays did not do this to us..We did it to ourselves.
Counterfeiting is a violation of the 8th Commandment. Even the atheist understands counterfeiting is theft and immoral. This happened and perpetuates with the blessing of millions of Christian Conservatives..When was the last time someone heard a Christian Conservative say “End the Fed”? Bush? Santorum? Rubio?
What if Conservatives picked up their axe and started hacking at the root and became strict unforgiving and God fearing Constitutionalists? The threat is not homosexuals – it is us, God fearing Christians, who refuse to apply the transcendent ethics of nature and Nature’s God to the civil sphere. Hitler’s problem was not the Jew and ours is not the homosexual.
Just once I would like to hear a Christian pastor recite 2 Ch 7:14 and ask his congregation to seek forgiveness for supporting lawmakers who violate rule of law and private property rights – the Biblical and Constitutional foundation of our republic.
Anyone want to unite around that which makes Biblical, Constitutional and economic sense? Jefferson understood that with the foundation of our law being “the laws of nature and Nature’s God,” the atheist and Christ follower could coexist in peace.
I want to live in peace again.
My name is Eric Andersen and I am a Christian libertarian.