Here is my thoughts about Anarchism and Libertarianism as a Jesus Freak that takes the Reformed Baptist perspective.
There are a few things that need to be discussed about this and I wanted to right this down in word format than me rambling about this subject in a podcast (which I might still).
OK first off, we live in a imperfect world. Until Jesus Christ comes back we won't get all the answers perfectly right. This issue is a tier three issue, meaning I'm not going to hold a fellow believer that takes a different viewpoint out of my church.
How should a Christian live in a fallen world in the context of what to do with the state. My knee jerk reaction is to delete the state all together coming from a libertarian background. I don't really consider myself a "libertarian" I do take the Voluntaryist Principle but I don't define myself as one. I define myself as a Jesus Freak first and everything else is secondary.
Now, when it comes to the state, there are those who want to change the state, just delete the state or do whatever possible to avoid the state.
Those who want to change the state are those who participate in direct political actions, such as voting, promoting a particular candidate or party, or running for office.
Those who just want to delete the state are those who just want to delete the state. I'm kind of in that camp but I do realize that would have different consequences that I'm not sure that I would really want to hit the delete button.
And there are those who want to avoid the state as much as possible. These can be legal and illegal activity.
The first group the "changers" seem to have a notion that they can change the system to make it better. This method short from the norm of the changers of a society, it is impossible. Here in the United States of America, they are just two different types of changers the Democrats and Republicans. If one is outside of those two perspectives good luck trying to radically change the state. If one is in the green party, libertarian or some other random third party, those who are in it, are not able to change the system in any meaningful way.
There are those who want to delete the state. The state is a evil and just need to get rid of it in our society. Yes, the state is evil because it steals people's resources through taxation because if we look to the definition of stealing and the definition of taxation. We would conclude that taxation is a form of stealing. This is why I draw the line of being a politician. I can not out of good conscience be a politician because the act of being a politician by itself would be unethical for me because I would be in direct violation stealing. Some have made that line much further or no line at all. My line is being a politician. One can say being a police officer or an IRS agent is wrong but I won't make that judgement against a person. This judgement is from the individual that is making the call. Yes, in Christian thought, being a politician can be ethical and even encourage but I can't make that leap in light of my understanding of what God wants us to be. I can not rule other people unless I have an explicit contract/agreement with that individual.
The third group are those who are in the camp of avoiding the state as much as possible. This can be done legally and illegally. Now, for obvious reasons one should do it legally because the consequences of doing it illegally according to the state is to high for most people. Now people can get away with it but they have to continually think about how to avoid the state. There are legal ways to avoid the state as much as possible. There are a few good brands that I ran into over the years that would help a person to avoid the state legally. One that comes to mind right away is Nomad Capitalist and the other more attainable is Nomadtopia. I know their philosophies are not ideal Christian philosophies but like most in life we deal with non-ideal Christian philosophies every day unless we live under a Christian rock and that has its own problems.
Now what is my ideal situation in the world? Spiritually speaking everyone is holding to Christ Alone and being holding to Scripture for all things. And the physical aspect of life and dealing with other people is voluntary. Meaning, we do everything that is voluntary or don't do it at all. Now this does have some pit falls but with Biblical guidelines I can safely move towards a more voluntary minded world. This means that I can not be a politician I can only rule over people that agreed to my rule. The only problem with this is the child situation. The child didn't not choose to the parents but the parents did chose to have children and in this relationship it must be very important to keep in mind that this relationship is an involuntary relationship from the start and must be taken seriously. And in many ways, this is how the state became the state because parents abused their children in numerous ways. And really the state in my opinion is the result of the fall of man. Without the fall of man, there would be no state and God would have a direct relationship with His creation. But because of our sinful ways, we have the state and the state abuse us via taxation and even worse, murder (via wars). The solution is and will always be Christ Alone.
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