In the post I wrote the other day I think I frustrated some of my Christian friends by appearing to not advocate the teaching of abstinence. And now, in some other conversations about politician David Fowler I find myself again realising that perhaps a key component of Christian Libertarianism hasn’t made itself prominently enough proclaimed to stick in the forefront of people’s minds.
I am a very conservative person morality-wise. I believe wholeheartedly in the moral codes of the Scripture.
But those moral codes are FOR US. For those who have signed on to Christ’s decrees. The only way any of US can even attempt to live up to those moral codes is to rely on the Holy Spirit.
It is completely and utterly ridiculous (not to mention sacrilegious) to expect other people without Christ to follow those teachings. Making the Christian lifestyle into the law of the land makes a mockery of Christianity and creates enemies of the Gospel where we should be creating friends.
Should we teach abstinence to our own kids? If they’re Christians, yes. If they have not yet submitted to Christ then maybe you should start there and then move on to sex.
Should we teach submission and Covenant marriage? If both spouses are Christians, yes. If they aren’t it just flat-out is not going to work. Period. End of story. Those things only work when faith and the Holy Spirit are part of the picture.
Should we teach modesty? See above. Temperance? See Above. And so forth.
As a Christian libertarian I believe that we need basic codes of behaviour (don’t murder, steal, etc.) making it punishable by law when you curtail the free exercise of another citizen. Beyond that we cannot codify our beliefs within the law of the land. No nation is a Christian.