Christianity and Libertarianism- A former conservative’s perspective.
I had originally wrote this to a mostly Christian conservative group as a way of explaining my change in stance and to hopefully open their minds to a realm outside the echo chamber. Someone suggested I copy it to this subreddit, so here you go!
Despite the way many republican media networks try to portray it, conservativism is not the de facto Christian political affiliation.
All too often I see Christian friends, family, and churchgoers fall into the trap that conservativism is some last bastion of godliness in an otherwise heathen political climate. That to support any other faction is to go against the very will of God- and as such, they defend their conservative political views with a religious fervor that transcends reason. Similarly to how budding Christians, or those with little time spent studying apologetics, will defend their faith by simple dismissal of opposition or stubborn impasse, the staunch conservative feels their position requires no supporting rationale due to its assumed intrinsiciality with their infallible and unchallengeable faith.
I want to make a note on that last point; traditional Christianity has historically demonized questioning the truthfulness of the Bible. Merely raising an eyebrow to a scriptural passage would earn the accusation of unbelief, followed by demands of repentance and a warning to be less critical in the future. Contrarily, I argue that a head-in-the-sand approach to uncertainty only undermines one’s faith and poisons their ability to guard it. The most effective method of solidifying a defensible foundation of belief is to have challenged it and consequently sought the truth enough to have a complete understanding- a way of hammering the material in order to forge it into an impenetrable shield.
Unfortunately, many Christian-conservatives remain in the traditional school of thought; not lending their political stance the same crucial deliberation given to their faith, if even practiced in their faith at all. The right people (be it friends, family, news anchors or pastors) ascribing conservativism to godliness is all it takes for some to latch on with the same unquestioning certainty. Perhaps a favorable stance on a topic that’s undoubtedly Christian, such as being anti-abortion is the key to convince others. But it’s imperative to keep in mind that an attractive appearance is prone to deception and can easily be used as bait to lure support for the rest of an otherwise unrighteous agenda. The Bible warns believers in Romans 3:8 not to do evil so that good may prosper.
My stance, as a Christian, is now that of a libertarian. And as any political affiliation beginning with “lib” has just been mentioned, I expect many conservative readers are now foaming at the mouth or have stopped reading altogether- but let me explain with a few rhetorical questions:
Why did God create mankind?
To bring him glory.
Why did God create the tree of knowledge of good and evil, if it gave Adam and Eve the opportunity to fall?
Same answer as above. It glorifies God when we choose to serve him of our own free will. He could very well have created us with no choice other than to serve him, but there is no glory in that. The choice to defect must be present, or we’re just meaningless robots.
The takeaway is that the conservative policy of forcing Christian values on people is not God’s policy. To follow His example, we must allow for the choice to serve Him in our lives. I believe that by supporting as many individual rights and liberties as possible, we are given a blank canvas to do with our lives as we see fit.
And oh, how glorified God will be when His people still choose to follow him.
Article from /r/Libertarian: For a free society