The Missing Link Between Christianity and Libertarianism

Proverbs 31:8-9 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;

ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,

and see that they get justice."

Many people see mercy and justice as opposed forces. Extending forgiveness seems antithetical to justice, for a victim. We want to see injustice answered with punishment, not mercy. But what if we saw mercy not as the opposite of justice, but as an extension of justice?

Reparations are the perfect example. When Israel was freed from the slavery of Egypt, the Egyptians sent them off with whatever they needed. Exodus 12:26 "The Lord caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So they stripped the Egyptians of their wealth!" Was this an act of justice or mercy? I see it as both. Justice, because it's what the Israelites were owed after all their years in slavery. Mercy, because it was given out of the free will of the Egyptian citizens. Only God could accomplish that.

Extending mercy to the victims of this world, is the sacred calling of the church. When we fail to do that, it then becomes the government's duty to ensure justice is done. But when mercy is enforced, instead of willfully given, we lose the accountability of relationship. When we try to show mercy as an afterthought, on the backend, the whole system is thrown off balance.

For a libertarian system to succeed, we need an actively involved church presence. We are the reason the government is able to take a step back and relinquish control. Stop asking people to put their faith in something that has no evidence to support it. Hebrews 11:1-2 "Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation." Faith in this context is not a passive, cerebral experience. We are the active evidence people without faith can cling to. We give faith to a hopeless world, with the good works of Jesus Christ.

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