On Facebook I had a little debate with one of my liberal and Lutheran friends, over gay marriage. The talk got around my sympatric view of Ayn Rand to which my friend replied in a rather viscous attack against her that no Christian should read her. This is my reply:
Now as for politics scripture says very little about government. I do not agree with her epistemology and find her individual liberty vs. altruism hypocritical; if a person has individual liberty then one must have the right to chose to be altruistic, simply we cannot use force against others.
I remind you I do agree with Luther, idea of the three uses of the law: first the civil, second, that exposes us our sin and brig us to the cross Romans 3: 19-20 and finally, as we are bought into the body of Christ the example of good works “which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (see Ephesians 2: 1-10 (v. 10)).
Now as for the first use of the law, scripture says very little on civil government. So in dealing with a sinful world (Romans 1:18-32) in daily vocations, what is the best way to protect the individual and redirect sinful man’s aggressions to the most good? I dare say it is individual liberty and capitalism. There is one rule of such system: one cannot initiate and act of force against one neighbor. Yet how do we get the items we need? We either create them or trade for them in a capitalist system which benefits both the buyer and seller. Furthermore, I see capitalism more closely to the Christian idea than any socialist system. Nowhere in scripture we are called to use fore against one neighbor but be a cheerful giver not under compulsion 2 Corinthians 9:7 cross referenced by the descriptive text of the early church in Acts 2: 44-47, the church did not take or demanded government take from what outsiders “but And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need”. Also see Ephesians 4: 28. Finally a system of individualism and capitalism defuses power which in the hands of sinful humanity leads to corruption or as Lord Acton puts it, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
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