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Jeff Wright

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Bio

Jeff Wright, Jr. is a Chaplain in a “city of crying souls.” He holds a Master of Theology (ThM) from Dallas Theological Seminary and is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. He blogs atJeffWrightJr.com in addition to the Libertarian Christian Institute. You can also find him @jeffwrightjr.

Jeff believes libertarianism is the political ideology that best assists Christians in engaging the world with justice, truth, and love. Disciples of Jesus Christ are citizens of the kingdom of God and our primary allegiance is to Christ our king. Our pledge is, “Jesus is Lord!” We have radically different visions of human flourishing and the “good life” compared to our secular counterparts. When Christians fail to remember our identity we allow competing visions to shape our engagement with those around us.

One of the greatest differences between the kingdom of God and the kingdoms of the world is shown in our competing visions of power. Jesus both taught and demonstrated that the rulers of the world wield power in one way but Christ and his followers in another. The rulers of the world use their power to dominate others but the Son of Man came to serve. The temptation to mold society through political power is the very temptation that Jesus rejects in the wilderness. Christians seek to influence others through proclamation and prayer, service and sacrifice. We don’t need the coercive power of the State. As John Chrysostom said, “Christians above all men are forbidden to correct the stumblings of sinners by force. It is necessary to make a man better not by force but by persuasion.”

Jeff is a grateful husband, blessed daddy, and long-suffering Redskins fan. His other areas of interest include the kingdom of God, spiritual formation, American evangelicalism, the ministry of the local church, obstacle course racing and weight lifting, and all things Star Wars.

Favorite Figures

Edmund A. Opitz, Murray Rothbard, Ron Paul, G.K. Chesterton, John Chrysostom, Tom Woods

Must Reads

The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
The Call by Os Guinness
The Libertarian Theology of Freedom by Edmund A. Opitz

Favorite Films

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Braveheart
Gladiator

Fun Fact

Fact: Bears eat beets. Bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica.

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