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The Christian libertarian movement has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 6 years, and LibertarianChristians.com has been at the forefront of that growth. Even so, all of us Christian libertarians still encounter difficulties organizing and networking to help spread liberty ideas with our fellow Christians. Social networks, such as the Christian libertarian Facebook group, have had some success in bringing Christian libertarians together online, but we need to keep pressing forward.
Last year, we hosted the first-ever Christians for Liberty Conference in Austin, Texas. Over 115 dedicated Christians came together for an intense weekend full of great speakers, fellowship with fellow libertarian Christians, and experiences with some of the best organizations in Texas and throughout the United States. It was the beginning of a new era for those of us who love Christ and liberty, and starting from there we have endeavored to use that momentum to further this cause by starting small group meet-ups across the United States and much more.
Today I am happy to announce that the dates have been set for the Christians for Liberty 2015 Conference, and you can now mark your calendar for August 7th and 8th, 2015! Once again, you are invited to join us at Austin’s own St. Edwards University for an experience like none other.
I am also particularly proud to welcome Dr. Lawrence Reed as our first keynote speaker at the conference. Dr. Reed is the president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) and the recent author of Rendering Unto Caesar: Was Jesus a Socialist?, a monograph dismantling the notion that Jesus had visions of income redistribution via government fiat.
[A shorter version of this essay was presented at the 2015 Austrian Economics Research Conference at the Mises Institute.]
Since the beginning of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, two words that have rarely been seen together are “Baptist” and “pacifist.” We have instead been subject to things like high-profile Baptist leader Jerry Falwell writing a defense of the Iraq war titled “God Is Pro-War,” Richard Land, head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, writing to President Bush that his “policies concerning the ongoing international terrorist campaign against America” were “both right and just,” and the Southern Baptist Convention passing resolutions expressing appreciation for President Bush, U.S. troops, military chaplains, and the war effort.
I have stood against this nonsense from the very beginning. At times virtually alone. I recently discovered a kindred spirit in the Baptist pacifist Joseph Judson Taylor.
I am thrilled to present to you a report from the first-ever African Christians for Liberty Conference. Though it is not “officially” affiliated with LibertarianChristians.com and our CFL conference last August, we nevertheless are excited for what they are doing and hope to be more involved with them in the future. Their conference was organized my Emeka Ezeugo, who works with Students for Liberty as well. We met in person last month at the International SFL Conference in Washington, D.C. and discussed their progress in Africa. Emeka’s report of their event follows:
On the 13th of March 2015, over 70 students converged on campus to take part in the first African Christians For Liberty Conference. Five institutions of higher learning were represented and the line up of speakers included Mr. Olumayowa Okediran, the African Programs Manager for Students For Liberty, Mr. Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, the African Programs Associate for Students For Liberty and Mr. Dominic Agumba, Local Coordinator with Students For Liberty.
This guest post is by Jeremy Mack of The Evangelical Libertarian.
Social media has been ablaze over the last couple of days regarding Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the U.S. Congress. I’m not going to address the content of his speech. To be honest, I didn’t listen to it or read the transcripts. I’ve glanced through a few articles, but even those I didn’t read with an eye of criticism. I was just taking in information. I’ll let political pundits fight over whether we are too hawkish or too dovish towards Iran. I have an opinion, but I’ll save it for another day. I want to address something that concerns me much more than momentary arguments over foreign policy. I would like to address Christians, specifically from the Bible, on two separate, but inter-connected questions. The first question I would like to attempt to answer is whether or not the current nation state known as Israel today is “the Israel of God”. In other words, is the current geographic nation-state that was established in the early 1950’s the same entity as the Biblical Israel?
This guest article is by Jeff Wright. Jeff is the founder of the Evangelicals for Liberty blog. He is a Chaplain in a "city of lost souls" and holds a Master of Theology (ThM) from Dallas Theological Seminary. You can also find him on Twitter at @jeffwrightjr.
The idea that America is the last, best hope of the world is the spirit that animates a great deal of political activity in our country. The “last, best hope” is one of the most enduring rallying cries preached to garner support and enthusiasm for major government initiatives throughout American history. It has become such a widely accepted notion that its veracity and relevance for lawmaking and executive action is simply assumed, even among Christians.
In his first inaugural address in 1801, Thomas Jefferson reasoned, “I know, indeed, that some honest men fear that a republican government cannot be strong, that this Government is not strong enough; but would the honest patriot, in the full tide of successful experiment, abandon a government which has so far kept us free and firm on the theoretic and visionary fear that this Government, the world’s best hope, may by possibility want [lack] energy to preserve itself? I trust not.” Jefferson lifted America’s republican form of government up as the world’s best hope.