Here I’m going to summarize theologian John Frame’s views on Christianity and government.
It’s helpful to recognize that a respected theologian shares the basics of the view I’m advocating and to see how he derives his view from Scripture. His discussion makes a good starting point to orient us to what Scripture says on the issue.
What questions does the free-market view face?
Here are the normal objections:
• What will happen to the kids who can’t afford school?
• What about all the poor and aged? How will they survive?
• Isn’t your version of a society rather harsh to the needy? How can we let them suffer?
How does a government reduce force in human life? There are two main ways: a legal system (the legislature and the law courts), and a defense system (the police and the military).
A proper government has only these two functions: to define what constitutes the initiation of force, and to stop those who initiate it, be they criminals or invaders.