One of the questions I get asked most often from my fellow Christians, and more often than not conservative friends is: “How can you be a Christian and a libertarian since a lot of libertarian stances oppose Christian stances?” So, here are some good reasons that I have come up with on why it is entirely acceptable to be both a Christian and a libertarian.
I don’t want to make this article awkward and uncomfortable, so we will start it off with a topic that isn’t very controversial.
Perhaps the question most asked is: “How can you support a party whose stance is pro-choice?” Well, I would first like to point out that a growing number of libertarians do not support abortion, as more and more are seeing that it violates the Non-Aggression Principle (to sum up the Non-Aggression Principle, it’s the belief that it is morally wrong to use force on another human being).
Being a libertarian doesn’t mean you have to support abortion; it could mean you believe there are better ways to end abortion. The stance from the Libertarian Party, isn’t necessarily in support of abortion; it is more in support of getting government out of social issues. As we all already know from failed experiments like alcohol prohibition of the early 20th century and the current “War on Drugs,” government-mandated prohibition of a popular thing does not work very often.
Ending abortions will take a lot more than waving the magical wand of the federal government. It will take rational discussion, it will take peaceful protests, and it will take changing the minds of individuals to make them see abortion for what it really is, but most importantly, it will take time. Nothing in this country was ever successfully accomplished by a bunch of bureaucrats alone.
Movements, like the pro-life movement, take time and commitment; they succeed and they will win. They will win because individuals showed love, respect, determination, and courage; they will not win because suits in Washington outlawed abortion while the majority of people still support it. Now that being said, there are a lot of libertarians that are pro-choice and support abortion. But, being a libertarian does not mean you support abortion.
“The Drug War”
Libertarians support ending the “War on Drugs,” but in no way are we asked to support the use of drugs, supporting or disagreeing with drug-use is entirely the individual’s decision. All you are saying as a libertarian is that you support the right of the individual to make decisions regarding their own lives. “But Zach, marijuana is bad and destructive, people shouldn’t be allowed to do something that doesn’t benefit them, weed is a gateway to harsher drugs!”
Listen, I’m not advocating for you to take a bong rip before you go driving, nor am I telling you to smoke weed at all, I’m simply saying as adults we have to be free to make our own choices regarding our own lives. If you aren’t free to make choices regarding your own health and well-being, I have news for you, you aren’t really that free.
Marijuana has the possibility, like alcohol and cigarettes, to be harmful. Just like alcohol, there would be rules for use of pot, like no driving under the influence, only being able to do it once you are an adult and can take responsibility for your actions etc. The “War on Drugs” not only kills more people than pot, it endangers our liberties, no-knock raids and warrantless searches of private property are contradictory to the Fourth Amendment but have become a part of life now, due to the failed “War on Drugs.”
What a consenting adult does in the privacy of his own home is none of our business so long as it does not directly endanger another human being. Are we better off thanks to the “War on Drugs?” The short answer: no. The “War on Drugs” has cost this country billions of dollars and for what? We have over-populated prisons filled with people that have never harmed a soul, we have a black market pushing unsafe drugs (that are, in a lot of cases, cut with poison) on children and adults instead of being on the open and legal market being regulated and kept safe for consenting adults that want to use them (not to mention we are missing a great way to gain money for schools, police departments, etc. from taxing marijuana sales), and we have people getting shot and killed over something as small as a couple of ounces of pot.
We are endangering the lives of innocent civilians and putting our law enforcement officers in harms way by requiring them to enforce laws prohibiting marijuana. Let’s be clear, I’m not advocating for the legalization of heroin or meth, but we cannot continue to jail people for life, and ruin their lives, for these things. Calling them criminals and locking them in a cage does nothing to help end the use of hard drugs, this should be a medical issue, not a criminal issue.
We should be seeking out ways to help those addicted and to prove the destructiveness of hard drugs, not hating them and ruining their lives even more. Drugs have been decriminalized in other countries and the abuse and use of them have gone down significantly. Why? Because people are more willing to seek out help when they aren’t scared to go to prison for their problem. Children will also see the harm done and instead of seeing drugs like the forbidden fruit-remember how tempted Adam and Eve were to eat the forbidden fruit? Yeah, that’s how kids see drugs- they see them as a harmful substance that have real side-effects.
Just like abortion, there could be better ways to solve these serious problems we are facing. Not everything can be fixed by writing a law about it, at least not until the vast majority are in agreement that is. And the use of drugs can be handled and prevented much better when government stops instilling force and fear into the equation.
As a Christian I do not support homosexuality; I am not asking you to or telling you that you should. However, what two consenting adults do is none of my business, and it’s none of yours. We as Christians should not partake in homosexuality, but that doesn’t mean we should force our morals, beliefs, and way of life on people who are not Christians. Besides, what place does government have in marriage anyway? Does the Bible say we must get approval from our government and a piece of paper saying we are married? Get the government out of marriage, it has no place in the bedroom of adults.
There are plenty of things the government needs to be involved in to keep our great nation running and safe, but the bedroom is not one of those places. Gay men and women have every right to be together whether we support it or not. And isn’t that the point of America? We can disagree with somebody’s actions all we want, but as long as they are not harming another person we cannot force them to stop. In short, who other people marry is none of our concern.
As a Christian and a libertarian you are not asked to support homosexuality, you’re asked to support getting the government out of the personal lives of American citizens. I cannot stress this enough, you can oppose the act of homosexuality, just like you can oppose the use of drugs and many other social issues, while also supporting an individual’s right to make decisions regarding their own lives.
Whether that means a man marries a man or he marries a woman is not our decision to make and is not any of our business. We do not own any other human beings and cannot make their decisions for them. Free will is a gift from God, and with free will we must accept that some will choose to follow God’s commandments and some will choose not to.
The beauty of being a libertarian is that you are responsible for your own doings, I am not responsible for what my neighbor is doing nor is he responsible for what I am doing. Now that being said, if your neighbor is doing something that will directly harm another person, it is then a different matter. But so long as they do not harm another person they are free to make their own decisions regarding their own lives.
As a Christian and a Libertarian you do not have to, and are not asked to, agree with the life choices of others. You do, however, accept that with free will comes the freedom of people to make choices you do not agree with. If God gave everybody free will, who are we to take it away from them?