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Letter: Jesus was a Libertarian

Jesus was a Libertarian

9:24 AM, Jul. 30, 2013  |  Comments
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EDITOR: OK, since the discussion of mixing government and god continues here, I will have to chime in and help get the facts straight.

The reader from Merrill wrote, "It stands to reason that when we rejoice the rejection of God's laws over man's laws to suit our own desires and deviant behavior, we are on a clear pathway to hell and are aiding in the ultimate destruction of our nation." That view doesn't conform with the teachings of Jesus.

A careful analysis of the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth leads me to the conclusion that Jesus was an uncompromising political libertarian. Libertarianism is not a creed, but rather a political theory for organizing a civilized society with persuasion, not force. Government is about force. The teachings of Jesus were based on love and forgiveness, including for those who participated in "deviant behavior."

Government is not known for love and forgiveness, now or ever. The entire ministry of Jesus was one admonishment of the hypocritical, socially conservative theocracy after another. Jesus wanted to have as little as possible to do with the government of his time and rejected the efforts of his followers to give him and his reform movement more power.

Our Founding Fathers understood the danger of mixing religion and government. Our political leadership today is lacking. "Father, forgive them. They know not what they are doing."

Jim Maas,

Rothschild

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