Politics for the Glory of God:An Introduction to Christian Libertarianism

By Lee Edward Enochs

 

Author of “The Case for Rand Paul”

 

 

“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”

-Abraham Kuyper

 

I love politics. In fact, my mind and heart is consumed with politics, current events and political philosophy. My passion for politics stems for my great love for America and the great people that reside here. Over the last several years I have given the topic of politics and American life a lot of thought.

While there is a tendency for many Americans to avoid the discussion of politics altogether, the harsh reality and truth is that known of us can escape the fact that politics and the political system in America pertains and relates to each of us directly.

From how much the government can take out of our checks each pay period to how fast we can drive our cars on the freeway, politics and the political system in America is interrelated in almost everything.

For the purposes of defining terms, “politics” is derived from the Greek term πολιτικός politikos, definition “of, for, or relating to citizens”) is the practice and theory of influencing other people. Politics involves the making of a common decision for a group of people, that is, a uniform decision applying in the same way to all members of the group.

On a interpersonal level, politics involves the use of power to affect the behavior of another person. Specifically, politics pertains to the achieving and exercising political power for the purposes of governing people, or the organized control over the human community, specifically a state.

Despite the fact that many Americans profess to despise and have no use for politics, the subject involves each and every one of us since each of us are part of society ruled by laws and politicians at the local, statewide and national level.

The Laws of the United States of America are supposed to be derived from the U.S. Constitution and our Bill of Rights and at the federal level we are governed by the three branches of government, the legislative, judicial and executive branches.

Article 1 Section one of the United States Constitution gives Congress only those “legislative powers herein granted” and proceeds to list those permissible actions in Article I Section 8, while Section 9 lists actions that are prohibited for Congress. The vesting clause in Article II places no limits on the Executive branch, simply stating that, “The Executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.”

The Supreme Court holds “The judicial Power” according to Article III, and it established the implication of judicial review in Marbury v. Washington under the Marshall court.

The federal government refers to the branches as “branches of government”, while some systems use “government” to describe the executive.

The Executive branch has attempted to claim power arguing for separation of powers to include being the Commander in Chief of a standing army since the American civil war. Increasingly, the President of the United States has ruled America to a degree not stipulated by the U.S. Constitution by issue executive orders and granting for himself emergency powers at a unitary executive.

 As an American citizen I have become gravely concerned about the ever increasing size and scope of the federal government and the executive branch of government. In my estimation, our government is grown far too big and the President has taken for himself too much unchecked power.

 

I believe our founding fathers and framers of the U.S. Constitution believed in the principle of democracy and a government “of the people, by the people and for the people,” via a system of “checks and balances between the three constitutionally delineated branches of government.

The great Protestant Reformer John Calvin believed in the principle of democratic rule as well. Calvin once said, is an invaluable gift if God allows a people to elect its own government and magistrates.”[1]

 

Scholar Lee Ward says,

 “Calvin’s republican sympathies derived from his view of human nature as deeply flawed. Compound or mixed governments reflect the reality that human frailty justifies and necessitates institutional checks and balances to the magistrate’s presumed propensity to abuse power. It was this commitment to checks and balances that became the basis of Calvin’s resistance theory, according to which inferior magistrates have a duty to resist or restrain a tyrannical sovereign.”[2]

 

As a Christian Libertarian, I want to honor Christ in all I say and do and advocate the principle of Democracy and Libertarian freedom as allowed by the U.S. Constitution and nothing more or nothing less. I want to hold Washington accountable to honor its own founding documents and limit is power and hold on my fellow Americans.

I believe that the federal government in the United States has become a false god that many people turn to meet their basic needs and in the process allow their constitutional freedoms to be undermined.

 I am now advocating a movement I call, “Christian Libertarianism,” a view of politics that argues that the best government is the least amount of government and that everything we do in the world of politics and human government should be done under the Lordship of King Jesus and not the godless forces of secularism.

 

We must cast down the false idol of a large and centralized government and return to the principle of liberty under the Lordship of Christ.

 

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17).

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 Footnotes

[1] Quoted in Jan Weerda, Calvin, in Evangelisches Soziallexikon, Third Edition (1960), Stuttgart (Germany), col. 210.

 

[2] Ward, Lee (2014). Modern Democracy and the Theological-Political Problem in Spinoza, Rousseau, and Jefferson. Recovering Political Philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 25–26.

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Lee Enochs (B.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the managing editor of Liberty Conservatives Magazine and is the CEO of “The Libertarian Shaman.” The author of two books, “The Case for Rand Paul” and “A Biblical Defense of Capitalism,” Lee is a graduate student in Princeton, New Jersey where he is studying political philosophy and theology for the glory of Christ.

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