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.
For as long as I can remember, Christians in Australia have tended to vote for conservative political parties. There is nothing wrong with that, because the conservative parties have generally been somewhat closer to the scriptures in their policies, than the Labor Party.
But we have to be much more than merely conservative. Why?
Biblical law provides us with God’s law, and Jesus Christ in the New Testament never annulled or abolished it. In fact, He said
Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished (Mat.5:17-18).
God’s law is not a law based on pragmatism or expediency, but is the law of our Creator, given to Moses in 1,500 BC. We must work towards the implementation of the law of God, beginning in the church, but also in the social and political sphere. This might take a while-maybe generations.
How would that work out? It’s easy.
Think of education. What if State education was steadily abandoned in Australia, and parents once again took the responsibility for educating their children? That would be in accordance with the Bible (see Deut.6). That would mean the sale of public schools to the highest bidder, the elimination of public funding for all forms of education, the elimination of seven government departments nationwide, the removal of hundreds of thousands of publicly funded teachers and public servants from the public payroll, with a saving to the taxpayer of many billions annually.
Public education today costs the taxpayer $14,500 per child, per year. Not any more.
Universities? Funded only by students.
Think of health. This is a personal and family responsibility, according to the Bible. What if every public hospital in Australia was sold to the private sector, so there was competition for patients?
Need some other kind of medical help? No problem. Go to the professional you wish to see and pay for their assistance, as we always used to do. All of a sudden, the competition/profit factor would be re-introduced to health, the level of service would rise as providers of various kinds competed for patients in a free market, and the cost to the taxpayer plummeted.
You require a hospital visit? You’d need to pay. No Medicare, no government involvement whatsoever. No more public funding for abortion. Abortion would become a capital crime punishable by death, because it’s murder. We would have about 90,000 extra new Australians, and if their parents didn’t want them, changed State adoption laws would make adoption actually simple and easy. (There are thousands of Australian couples who cannot have children, but who would love to adopt).
What about welfare? Once again, a personal, family and Church responsibility, according to the scripture. So, we would need to work towards the progressive elimination of all of Social Security: Family Payments, Baby Bonuses, the dole, and other methods of social manipulation. Costs would fall, savings would rise, and the result of the savings in these three areas would be massive tax cuts, nationwide. The nation would hardly know itself.
There’s more, a lot more. What about the progressive elimination of the standing army? We would no longer have thousands of fit, able men who are paid by the tax-payer to go on exercises, or sit around polishing their boots and machine-guns, along with all the other expenses, like low-cost housing, and all the other add-ons. Furthermore, standing armies have a long history of being used by governments as instruments of oppression against “dissidents.”
Forget that. Replace that system with a militia based on volunteers, who are armed to the teeth with their own weaponry. (That’s what the Swiss have, and people don’t tangle with them, for obvious reasons).
In terms of immigration the Bible says that
you shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourselves know the feelings of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt (Ex.23:9).
Why not let anyone come here that wants to with no waiting time, subject to infectious disease checks and their willingness to make a Trinitarian confession? Oh, and they can bring Granny, too.
Eliminate the Reserve Bank to prevent the manipulation of interest rates, and ensure that for every dollar banks lend, they have a dollar in the bank. Remove ties between government and banks: no more “to big to fail.” They’re on their own.
What about we also get rid of the ABC? That would save the taxpayer $800 million a year. The sale of the land and buildings would probably bring a similar amount- maybe more.
Why would we do that? Well, no nation ever needs a taxpayer funded broadcaster, which is a recipe for inefficiency. Broadcasters should compete in the free market. That way it stays efficient and very close to the market, or goes broke: simple as that.
What about we progressively close other government departments, and sack the bureaucrats? Don’t need ‘em anymore. Oh, and there’s more. Privatise the railways, selling the land.
Tax rates are really plummeting now, rushing back towards 10%, flat. Now, we’re really talking!
Before any of this could happen, I freely acknowledge that there will have to be a social revolution. Not one with guns and violence, but an ideological, intellectual and spiritual revolution, that would have to have its powerful beginnings in the Church. The Church will have to get re-acquainted with the law of God, and be ready to obey it. That’s what we’re here for: bringing the leaven of the kingdom of God into the community.
Lord, I have heard the report about You and I fear. O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy (Hab.3:2).
I want to be more than a conservative, because the Bible is much more than conservative. It’s a book for free people.
Do you want to be free? You’ll need to read the Bible, and obey it. There has never been a document in human history that has brought about such freedom, when people have obeyed it. But freedom always pre-supposes responsibility and obedience to God.
Is this a foolish dream? Only if you don’t believe what God said to Joshua:
This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success (Joshua 1:8).
 Andrew Napolitano, “Where is the Outrage?” Lew Rockwell’s website, 7/6/2012.