Law and Society (X)

The Judeo-Christian and constitutionally mandated relationship between government power and individual liberty is not balance. It is bias – a bias in favour of liberty. All presumptions should favour the natural rights of individuals, not the delegated and seized powers of the government. Individual liberty, not government power, is the default position because persons are immortal and created in God’s image, and governments are temporary and based on force.[1]

One of the biggest drawbacks with State based education, is that the State gets to determine what children will study. And if the State determines it isn’t a good idea that children should understand too much about the origins of liberty, well that will be the end of that!

I mean, we wouldn’t want too much discussion about that now, would we? There might be some well informed children, who actually know the limits of government, according to the Bible! They could develop a following-what a thought! These children might ultimately attain positions of power and influence in the community!

This should teach us: don’t expect humanistic political rulers to be protecting our political liberty. The institution which historically has been the most antagonistic to the liberties of individuals can hardly be made responsible for instructing the community about history and liberty. It is not an accident that it was Pharoah who responded to Moses, “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and besides, I will not let Israel go” (Ex.5:2).

It was Wycliffe who wrote that “this Bible is for the government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”  The only novel thing about this in his day, was that “the people themselves should not only read and know that law but also should in some sense govern as well as be governed by it.[2]

A Christian society is one where victim’s rights are protected. Criminals are required to pay restitution for their crimes (a minimum of double-see Ex.22:7-9), or forfeit their life for capital crimes.

Capital punishment was to be utilised for a number of other crimes, such as kidnapping (Ex.21:16; Deut.24:7),  a child striking or cursing their father or mother (Ex.21:15, 17), some cases of manslaughter (Ex.21:28-31), perjury (Deut.19:16-21), adultery (Ex.22:22; Lev.20:10), incest (Lev.20:11-12), homosexuality (Lev.20:13), the rape of a betrothed or married woman (Ex.22:25), fornication (Ex.22:20), bestiality (Ex.22:19),  sacrificing to another god (Ex.22:20), false prophecy and promoting rebellion against the Lord (Deut.13), and blasphemy (Lev.24:16).

Executing people for the capital violations of God’s law would mean that the taxpayers in the community would not be compelled any more to pay to keep criminals convicted of capital crimes, bearing in mind that the cost for maintaining a criminal in goal is over $40,000 annually. It would mean that people would fear for their life if they were considering committing a capital crime. It would probably mean less work for the police, and would bring a wholesome fear into the community. I believe that is perfectly wholesome and necessary for any community.

The community from which the Bible is removed, or which ignores the Bible, will soon lose its liberty. And if we are serious about protecting our liberties, we will need to return to Biblical law.

To whatever degree a society allows the teaching of the Bible to bring forth its natural conclusions, it is able to have form and freedom in society and government.[3]

[1] Andrew Napolitano, “Where is the Outrage?” Lew Rockwell website, 7/6/2012.

[2] Rushdoony, R..J., “The Institutes of Biblical Law,” 1973, p.1.

[3] Francis Schaeffer, “How Shall We Then Live?” 1976.

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