This past week I interviewed Joseph Knowles. Joseph studied at Regent University School of Law. He is 32 and lives in Virginia. He and I found common ground in our understanding of Christianity and government.
In this series we’ve looked at “social justice”—what it is, why it’s wrong, and why it matters.
In view of what I’ve said, we are in a better place to understand Scripture on concepts such as oppression, judgment/justice, and government.
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.
Imagine someone voting out of “self-interest,” what comes to mind?
Most people think of pressure-group politics:
What of “socialism” in the Bible?
Many Christians (including professors, pastors, and leaders) reason that since God desires us to do good toward others, the government should step in to provide for those whose needs are not met. They call this the “safety net.” They consider it an aspect of caring for one’s neighbor. They deny that the result is “confiscation” and “redistribution” of wealth.
I respect their desire to do good toward others, but I consider their position ill-informed.