Christians Should Agree With Libertarians That Government Can’t Be God

This is the next in a series of posts offering reasons why Christians should re-consider libertarian political principles. The first two are HERE and HERE. These posts are largely excerpts from my longer essay, Seven Reasons Why Christian Patriots Should Give Libertarianism a 2nd Look. It is available to Kindle users HERE.

Reason #3: Libertarianism is in agreement with the Bible’s warnings against Government without God.
Throughout Scripture, the wicked kings of the earth consistently advanced and promoted themselves right up to the point of demanding to be worshipped as gods.

This started with the first human king, Nimrod, who shows up at the beginning, in Genesis 10. He built the ancient cities of Babel and Nineveh (10:8-12) among others, and became a deity in Babylonian religion.

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You can trace a progression of human god-kings straight through both testaments of the Bible.

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Moses confronted Pharaoh, and all in that Egyptian line were considered gods. The kings of Babylon demanded worship, as did the Persians. Ezekiel prophetically prosecutes the ancient king of Tyre for desiring to set his throne above God’s. Daniel prophesied of a future king, the “little horn,” who would exalt himself above God. The Roman Caesars were considered divine beings, and citizens could be forced to make sacrifices to them as if they were gods. Nero, for instance, apparently fancied himself the incarnation of the Sun god, Apollo.

All of this illustrates a very real phenomenon which we see around us even in our day. And that is, when you eliminate the true God from your thinking, it leaves a vacuum that human government is more than happy to rush in and fill. Government becomes the de facto Highest Power. Modern liberalism embraces the notion. Modern conservatism is nervous about it, but doesn’t have the guts to kick the imposters to the curb.

It is libertarianism that is ready and willing to stand in the face of an encroaching government and say, in the immortal words of Captain Picard, “The line must be drawn here! This far, and no further!”

It wasn’t that our Founding Fathers had a distrust of government. They knew better than to merely distrust. They understood that government was a villain who would take any opportunity to break in and steal everything from you. It was a lion that you could not afford to let off its chain. It was a fire that would burn and burn and never say, “Enough.”

By contrast, the major political parties in America have become complicit partners in the power grab. If you think one of them has not been as big an offender as the other, you’ve been paying attention to something else, obviously.

The prophet Samuel warned us about this, thousands of years ago. Here is what he said to Israel, when the young nation decided it wanted a human king. From 1 Samuel 8:11, the prophet thunders, “This will be the procedure [or, custom] of the king who will reign over you: he will TAKE your sons and place them for himself in his chariots…He will also TAKE your daughters for perfumers and cooks and bakers. And he will TAKE the best of your fields…and give them to his servants. And he will TAKE a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards. He will also TAKE your male servants and your female servants…He will also TAKE a tenth of your flocks and you yourselves will become his servants.”

You may have noticed I took the liberty of placing a certain, repeated word in that passage in all-caps for emphasis. You see, that turned out to be true of the king they received; but, not only true of him. It kept on being true for successive kings. It’s not that one particularly bad king had it on his mind to take all their stuff away. That’s simply what they did, with a few godly exceptions, granted. But the sin was endemic to the kings and has been so in human governments ever since.

Both the two major parties in America have instead succumbed to the idea that government can and should be used as a do-gooder. They both think it’s the government’s job to “help people.” For many Americans the great god Government is the only Protector and Provider they know.

What problems face people in America that our government does not see itself able to address?

Of course, what neither party wants to advertise aloud is that, in order for them to help some people, they have to forcibly remove private property from other people.

Only those of libertarian priniciple are willing to say it’s wrong to steal from people, even if you’re the government; and even if you intend to “do good” with what you steal. Why do Christians not seem to get this? Is there some fuzzy vagueness in “You shall not steal?”

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