Can A Christian Be A Libertarian?

I think the question starts off on the wrong foot. After 5+ years of reading, I am no longer convinced that a Christian can be anything but a libertarian.

Once you realize what markets are and how they work … and what governments are and how they work, I don’t think there’s much alternative.

Can a Christian be a libertarian? – Guest Voices – The Washington Post: Christians in American politics have argued for years that God endorses the political agenda of Republicans or Democrats, but is there a third way to think about the relationship between God and government?

Christians from the left and the right are increasingly turning to libertarianism not because it is a “middle ground,” but because it is an entirely different way of thinking about government and power.

The core of libertarianism is the non-aggression principle: that the initiation of force against person and property is immoral, and it is in many respects a kind of political corollary to the Golden Rule. Thus, Christian libertarians think that government power should be limited, sound money and truly free markets should return, aggressive war must cease and civil liberties must be preserved. Despite objections raised by other Christians, many Christian libertarians have found a friend in Texas congressional representative, presidential candidate, and lifelong Christian Dr. Ron Paul, because he also believes in these important principles.

  • Ryan

    I have been a christian (Mennonite) all my life.  I have become a libertarian after some years of thinking about it and realizing that to tell other what they cannot do and then using force on them to back up these laws is not something I can support nor do I think God would.  And I have no problem keeping the two separate.  I hate drugs and think they can really harm people, but I fully believe they should be completely legal and “the war on drugs” is much much much more harmful and huge waste of time and money.  It is better to offer help and support than to go to war anytime. 
     
    Thanks

    Ryan

    • http://pretenseofknowledge.com/ speedmaster

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Ryan.

  • Michael E. Marotta

    I think that whatever you are is pretty much a matter of who you are inside.  Specific ideologies are irrelevant.  You bring yourself to a political philosophy based on what reflects your view of yourself.  Also, for the record, Congressman Ron Paul may well be a loquacious defender of laissez faire in most markets.  He nonetheless holds many traditionalists conservative views. 

    • veritasrex

      Right, but those are his personal, traditionalist views and if you know Congressman Paul you know that he’s never advocated putting those views into legislation. 

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