During every presidential campaign, there comes a point when candidates try to display how deep their Christian faith runs and how that faith impacts their life and decision making, in an attempt to relate to Evangelical voters.
By: Gary Kittlesen
This article first appeared at VoicesOfLiberty
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has had his share of flops. From saying the Bible is his favorite book and being unable to name a single verse, to saying he has never asked God for forgiveness to referring to the Eucharist that Christians receive as the little cracker and the little wine.
Trump certainly isn’t alone. President Obama has flopped on the bible too, saying that the story of throwing stones in a glass house is from the Bible. It isn’t. It’s from a 14th century work “Troilus and Criseyde” by Geoffrey Chaucer.
Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton was quoted as saying, “the Bible was and remains the biggest influence on my thinking. I was raised reading it, memorizing passages from it and being guided by it. I still find it a source of wisdom, comfort and encouragement.”
She has also said that that “deep-seeded cultural codes, religious beliefs …have to be changed,” basically saying Christianity has to be changed to align with her political views. It’s hypocritical double speak like this from ex-Secretary Clinton that have given Republicans the idea that they have a monopoly on the Evangelical Christian voter.
Evangelicals do vote better than 2-1 Republican to Democrat, and that gap continues to increases when polling individuals like myself, voters who attend church/Bible services more than once a week. There is a logical reason in pandering to these voters, as the largest concentration of Evangelicals in the world can be found in the United States, with 26.8% of the U.S. population or 94.38 million Evangelicals.
Both Democrats and Republicans want this as a voting bloc. Republicans believe they have these voters in their back pocket and despite this you hear Democrats counter by saying if Jesus was around today he would be a Democrat. I am not sure what scripture they are citing, where Jesus said to force person A to pay for the abortion of Person B, but this is the ideology of many liberal Democrats.
Anyone who has spent time with me knows that I am a liberty loving, Constitution regurgitating libertarian. Anyone who knows me, knows that my Christian faith is the center of my life and my life’s driving force. It is the latter not the former that will save my soul.
Typical response to my personal relationship with Christ is I must be a social conservative and a registered Republican. People are genuinely shocked by my libertarian position. I hear, “but libertarians support legalization of harmful drugs and prostitution and gambling. How can any Christian support these sinful things?”
I believe these things are terrible, but people need to be free to make their own decisions and we as individuals need to be Christian enough to help these people when they fall, but that is the job of the individual, and Christians and churches, not the government.
I often here I can’t be a Christian and a libertarian, because they support gay marriage. Again in my personal opinion, I believe marriage is a union between a man and a woman made in front of God. That’s my personal belief, I have no urge to force my personal beliefs on anyone else. If you don’t agree with my feelings on marriage that’s fine, actually government shouldn’t be involved in marriage at all. If government wasn’t involved in marriage at all there wouldn’t be any discrimination in marriage at all. I won’t force my church on your marriage and you won’t force your marriage on my church. This is the very basis of libertarianism, free-will and the concept that I know what’s best for me but I don’t know what’s best for you. Libertarianism is the only political view that I can square with my Christian faith as I will outline with the following scripture:
Romans 8:11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you…
Its hard to convince people who believe, the same power that rose Jesus from the dead is alive in us and despite having this power in us we need government to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil 4:13). Libertarians unlike the two major parties believe in individual freedom to pursue the things we want to do and not burden people and restrict them. Both Republicans and Democrats want to grow government, libertarians are the only ones that want you to pursue what you think works best for you and pursue your passions as you see fit.
2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Our founding fathers believed our rights came from our creator, not from other men, and therefore, they are inalienable. God has given us free will to pursue what we deem is in our best interest, he created us as individuals, when free can accomplish great things, if the Lord is everywhere, than everyone everywhere must be free and have the individual liberty to pursue their happiness, this is the crux of the Word of Jesus, the founding of America, and libertarianism. It’s our job as libertarians and as Christians to try out hardest to preserve liberty.
2 Corinthians 9:7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
1 Corinthians 9:17 For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship.
You are not charitable because government stuck a gun to your head and said to be charitable. You are not charitable or moral because at gunpoint you decided to, after all legal deductions, pay as little as you are required to the government, so the government can decide what to do with your money. No, this is not charity. This is just government theft.
Charity arrives when someone makes a heartfelt decision to freely help another, and this is the only type of charity. This has proven to be much more efficient than government taxation or(theft), because if the charity does the wrong thing with your money, you can stop giving it to them, when government does the wrong thing they will require more of your money.
Romans 14:12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
Libertarianism is often said to lead to declining morality, supporting a wide range of behavior that is at odds with Christian morality. This is not true. Libertarians support individual free will and letting the individual account for their own action, as is expressed in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. When individuals are given true and absolute liberty, the guarantee that other people will always make decisions that we agree with does not exist what it does mean is that everyone will be free to choose their own actions. And I am ready to account for my decisions.
If Christians desire to live in an environment in which their faith and doctrines – and not elected lawmakers and appointed judges – can guide their actions is to advance a system of government that respects the rights of all individuals and groups to make their own choices. The fact is Christians already are libertarian, we don’t want the government telling us how to worship, or exercise religion. We don’t need government to tell us who we can marry, who we have to bake cakes for and who to dictate morality to us. These are things we can decide for ourselves.
Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said government needs to be big if people don’t order their lives correctly.” This is a horrifying authoritarian statement. Santorum is a practicing Catholic, the majority of the County and our founding fathers were not, many other Christians believe the Catholics don’t order their lives or practice their faith properly. Is Santorum suggesting that he needs government to order his life properly, and practice his faith properly? Dr. Ron Paul said there is only one kind of freedom and that’s individual liberty. Our lives come from our creator and our liberty comes from our creator. It has nothing to do with government granting it. I truly believe if all people freely choice to live more like Christ the world would be a far better place if this is forced on them it will be a far worse place. That is the crux of Christianity and libertarianism.
This article first appeared at VoicesOfLiberty