A Christian Case for LibertarianismSubmitted by prestonsteger on Sun, 08/25/2013 - 22:15
Okay, I've heard so many times that a person can't be libertarian and Christian at the same time. Well I'm going to make a case to prove those people wrong.
I'll start with my testimony.
My parents got divorced when I was 11 years old. It took its toll on my brother and I, especially at such a young age. In between the ages of 11 and 14, I became a porn addict. I turned to the things of this world: porn, lust, and profanity. But my 8th grade year, a girl that went to a school nearby got hit by a car walking distance from my house and died. Over the next few months, I started to look at my life differently and realized that I'm not living a holy, righteous life. But again, Christianity is not a list of dos-and-donts. It's not about what I do. It's about what God did. But anyway, my freshman year of high school, I gave up everything I got into and gave it all to God. I felt the presence of God (and I still do). It's amazing. Probably the best decision ever made.
Now I will make my case.
Of course, Libertarian views like supporting the Bill of Rights and being anti-war don't really conflict with Christianity, but do views of gay marriage, drugs, etc conflict? My answer is this: to an extent. In Libertarianism, it states that you have a right to your body and that you own your body. In Christianity, you have a choice. Either follow the ways of the world like I did or give up your earthly body to God. I made the choice to give up my earthly body. The key word is choice. God doesn't force you to love him or follow his ways, so why should the government? True Christianity isn't about forcing beliefs, because again, Christianity is not a list of dos-and-donts, because once a person receives salvation, the motives to do sinful things fade away (I know it from personal experience). I can't try to live a holy life without salvation, because it just flat out doesn't work without God. Of course, as a Christian, I can't support abortion, gay marriage, drug use, etc, but as a Libertarian, I can support getting the government out of marriage and legalizing drugs, but at the same time, I pray for the people who do drugs and who struggle with homosexuality. Just because I support legalizing something doesn't mean I support the behavior. I actually like the Just Say No campaign and I don't have a problem with groups like Focus On The Family that have a problem with homosexuality. But all in all, I don't support government intervention in these issues, because in the end, the question to ask is, "Is my life really different, despite these laws?"