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Was Jesus a Libertarian?

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Was Jesus Christ a libertarian? Of course it is unfair to ask whether the founder of Christianity would agree with a political movement developed over a thousand years after His death. But it is not unfair to inquire if Christ’s beliefs would be in agreement with this movement. Libertarianism begins with John Locke’s writings which influenced the Founding Fathers, & focuses upon constitutionalism, protection of property, Natural Law and Natural Rights. It presumes a government of basics, doing only those necessary things which individuals cannot reasonably do themselves—like building an interstate highway system or fielding an army.

The real question is what did Jesus teach upon the proper role of government in an ideal world? To sum up, while Christ recognized government as a necessary evil, nowhere in the New Testament does He glorify the concept of the state, nor cast upon it any great faith. Instead, Jesus continually extols His Father & grace & Holy Spirit in terms of meeting the needs of His followers. Likewise, the Bible in such passages as Psalm 2:7-9 and Isaiah 9:6-7 describes the ever-expanding growth of the Messiah’s divine government where it is clear that God’s Kingdom supersedes man’s. This, then, is a splendid focus for the Founder’s Natural Law which focuses upon the higher law of God’s Kingdom, the only fit model for mankind’s own rule-making.

In this sense, Christ might have been more interested in a smaller-government regime in which His Believers might be more able to express their virtuous ideals of Christian living which could never have been mandated by pagan or secular governments.