Friday, February 15, 2013

Republican or Libertarian?

 I have the "American Patriots Bible" and placed through out the books are statements and historical facts from the founding of our country.  As I read this morning I came across this quote from Fisher Ames, a Founder and politician who helped formulate the Bill of Rights.  

"We have a dangerous trend beginning to take place in our education.  We're starting to put more and more textbooks into our schools...We've become accustomed of late of putting little books into the hands of children containing fables and moral lessons.....

We are spending less time in the classroom on the Bible, which should be the principled text of our schools...The Bible states these great moral lessons better than any other man made book."

Upon reading that I thought, "My libertarian friends may have a problem with that."  My personal problem with Libertarianism is to much freedom!  That's right, that is what I said.

The Libertarian Preamble begins with this line, "As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others."

My Libertarian friends continue to point back to our Founders and the Constitution, and rightly so.  But I'm afraid that they neglect the context of that document, in some areas, as indicated in the quote from Fisher Ames, and other Founders.  Our Founding Fathers were emphatic on the role not only of religion in the shaping of this country, but on Christianity and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • "It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded not by religionists, but by  Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ."  attributed to Patrick Henry
  • "We recognize no sovereign but God, and no king but Jesus" -- John Hancock and John Adams
  • "It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible"-- George Washington

In a world where "no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others", what is the standard for right and wrong and how is it enforced? Judges 17:6 tells us what happens, "...every man did what was right in his own eyes"   leading to a  "survival of the fittest" mentality and culture.

It is a constant struggle for man between being sovereign over their own lives and surrendering sovereignty to God, a struggle that  manifests in our entire culture.  When the culture is corrupt, the institutions in that culture are corrupt. 

Are there problems in the Republican Party?  Of course there are, as the culture goes, so goes the institutions.  Is the solution to cast off all restraints in the belief that everyone will then see the value of doing what is right?  Again I reference Judges 17:6.   

The answer?  Change the culture, change the institutions.  Adopt a Biblical worldview.  Become politically active. 

The freedom, well most likely well intentioned, outlined in the Libertarian platform (http://www.lp.org/platform)  is a utopian freedom and, due to the sin nature of man, will not be seen on this side of heaven.

Freedom without Biblical accountability breeds chaos.  The party that most aligns with my Biblical Worldview is the Republican Party. 




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