Its been an interesting time with my reading. I have been doing a lot of listening to Libertarian podcasts and Ayn Rand lately. I have also been looking much more deeply at the various community Rules found in the many different religious communities. Im really amazed at how philisophically well they mesh, while being so different.
A religious rule seeks, through shared work, prayer, living and experience, even dress, to bring the individual closer to God. Libertarianism seeks, through protection of individual rights and property, to free a man to seek any path he chooses, to whatever ends he deems good. Yet, both focus on the individual and his relationship to those around him and how those relationships are best managed. Neither calls on the secular government to establish or protect that individual search for “best” except in extremis, and even then not for the protection of the highest truths, which both would state they guard for themselves.
Another thought that has come to me is that as a man receives true freedom of the spirit from the work of Christ, he then naturally desires to free his mind and body. The one just seems to naturally follow the other. As one matures in one’s faith, there is then a voluntary surrendering of one’s freedoms in order to better serve one’s fellows and to more effectively reach out to others.
Much like a true pacifist is one who can destroy his opponant, but chooses not to out of conviction, a true Christian has the ability to live in true freedom of thought and action, but willingly accepts rules for the benefit of the spiritual salvation and growth of others.
What say you?