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This guest post is by Joel Poindexter.

Christians who identify with a Left political ideology frequently appeal to state intervention in the market as a means of promoting the common good. This is especially true as it relates to many Christians who place an emphasis on promoting social justice. Having attended a Jesuit University where progressive politics were dominant and social justice was held in very high esteem, I can readily attest to this. For examples beyond my personal anecdotes, see the anti-libertarian conference Erroneous Autonomy at The Catholic University of America, and note some recent trends among protestant Christians.

I assume that proponents of such government action often have the best of intentions. I believe they act in good faith, both as Christians and as individuals dedicated to caring for the less fortunate. I also happen to agree that social justice can even be a worthy goal for Christians, provided it is confined to voluntary arrangements. However, a state-based approach to caring for those in poverty is especially problematic for the Christian.

Among favored government regulations of such social justice advocates are minimum wage laws and welfare programs intended to reduce poverty, including food stamps and medical subsidies. These aid programs are widely viewed as benevolent merely because of the surface results. After all, we can see the poor child who is fed and clothed through welfare payments.

However, the libertarian cannot help but see that what undergirds this regime is coercion. The state, by definition, applies force to achieve compliance. Hence, individuals in society face threats of imprisonment or financial penalties should they fail to abide by the law. This utilitarian approach has a host of negative consequences. Read More→

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The Christians for Liberty 2014 Conference has come and gone, but now we get to post the videos from the conference for everyone to see.

Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) gave the evening keynote of the conference. For our readers who have never heard of him, I like to call David “the Ron Paul of the Texas legislature” for the heroic stands he has taken in the defense of personal liberty, such as our fight against the TSA and against corruption. David is also an entrepreneur and a life-long Christian – and there’s nothing phony about him.

In this talk, David discusses the implications of being a liberty-minded Christian in today’s political climate. He additionally explains his reasoning for his recent stand against mistreatment of immigrants fleeing the terrible circumstances of their countries of origin. It was an honor to have him participate in the conference!

I hope you agree that David is one-of-a-kind. Share this with your friends and family, especially if they are in Texas!

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Aug
25

Join the CFL Leadership Team

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It’s time to take another new step toward building the Christian libertarian movement. Right now, we know that there are untold numbers of Christians in the world interested in libertarian ideas. However, we have very few structures and opportunities available to us (outside of social networking) that help us to band together and spread our ideas to our Christian neighbors. Therefore, we have taken new measures to create these structures and opportunities.

With the success of the 2014 Christians For Liberty Conference we are now looking to turn this event into an organization to provide support to libertarian Christians around the world.
To do this we need to build a team of volunteers to take up responsibility for the success of this initiative.

CFL Volunteer leaders will work closely with me (LCC/CFL founder Norman Horn) and will be responsible for hosting future conferences, maintaining the website, producing content, distributing materials, and most importantly outreach and recruiting new members for the Christians For Liberty community.

Thus, our first goal for these new leaders is to start small groups in our local communities with the intent of hosting regular meetings for Christian libertarians to learn and grow together. These groups in turn will work toward influencing other Christians in their area, teaching them about the virtues of liberty.

Ideal candidates will have strong backgrounds in both libertarianism and Christianity and a passion for building a big tent community of like minded individuals. If you are interested in being part of such an organization, click here and apply today.

Won’t you join us in this grand experiment?

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Three weeks ago, we hosted the first ever Christians for Liberty Conference at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. Now that we have had a chance to breathe a little bit, I want to give you a brief report on what happened.

On Friday night, August 1st, we hosted a panel discussion and ice cream social at the University Avenue Church of Christ. (UA Church is the congregation where I attend and am a part-time minister.) The panel consisted of Lauren Daugherty, Patrick Dixon, Jason Rink, and myself. We discussed how our Christian faith informs our libertarian activities in the local community, and we took questions for about 40 minutes from the attendees on a variety of topics, from dealing with social issues to left-libertarianism!

Saturday was our main event. Although never explicitly stated, the schedule for the day was divided into three “sessions.” The morning session had a “fundamentals” focus, and included talks such as my Biblical Foundations of Christian Libertarianism and Jason Rink’s American Idol presentation.

After lunch, we had our first keynote talk from David Theroux, President of the Independent Institute, about C.S. Lewis and “mere liberty”. Then, the first afternoon session dealt with targeted issues about liberty and Christian faith, such as the drug war and poverty.

The final series of talks focused on practical issues. You might say these were of a more “activist” nature, and included LCC author Doug Stuart’s presentation Stuck in the Middle. It culminated with Rep. David Simpson discussing the practical implications of being a liberty-minded Christian. After an incredible barbeque dinner, we heard from Students For Liberty president Alexander McCobin about why he believes it is so important for Christians to understand libertarianism. We then had a splendid social time afterward for those who wanted to stay late and keep the discussion going.

On Sunday, we convened again at the University Avenue Church of Christ in the afternoon for an open discussion on whatever was on our minds after such a great Saturday conference. We even discussed the upcoming plans to start a regular meetup in Austin for Christian libertarians and encouraged visiting from out of town to prayerfully consider starting their own as well.

All in all, it was an absolutely incredible weekend and rivals some of the best experiences of my life. Conferences are big commitments for both organizers and attendees, but a well-put together event has a huge payoff. I think all attendees would agree that this first-ever conference was just what we needed to take our movement to the next level. Now, we look forward to putting together the CFL Leadership Team and continuing to build the Christian libertarian movement. Click here for more information about the CFL Leadership Team.

Here are some of the photos taken from the conference that we have posted to our Facebook page. Please “like” LCC on Facebook as well!

On behalf of all the organizers, I want to say THANK YOU to all our attendees and our sponsors. We couldn’t have done it without you! I especially want to thank my wife Katelyn for all of her support and for organizing all the food for Saturday. Special thanks as well to my brother Dustin for stepping up and helping the whole way through, Doug Stuart for being our Emcee, Jason Rink for video support, and Andy Fernandez for managing so much of the facility reservations and all of the sound on the day-of.

We will continue to post videos from the conference (minus the Q&A) to LibertarianChristians.com for all to see, and I hope you will avail yourself of these great resources.

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Aug
20

Stuck in the Middle

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The Christians for Liberty 2014 Conference has come and gone, but now we get to post the videos from the conference for everyone to see.

Talking to Christians about libertarianism can be challenging at times. Doug Stuart says we often feel “stuck in the middle” between liberal and conservative Christians. In this presentation, Doug discusses conversational strategies Christian libertarians can employ to reach out to Christian conservatives and liberals.

Have you had successful (or not successful!) experiences talking to Christians about liberty? Tell us about it in the comments, and let us know which of Doug’s strategies you are going to use next.

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