Sunday, October 28, 2012

Intriguing Images

Here are some intriguing images from Indian Libertarians's Photos:

As for myself, strictly speaking, I am not a Libertarian.

I do not believe that true liberty can exist without it being given from above.  Liberty does not exist in a fallen world unless the hearts of people are first changed so that they love their neighbors as themselves.  This requires that people love themselves.  This requires that they know love themselves.  This knowledge is a gift from the one who is love.

Love must first rule over all in order for true liberty to be realized by and for anyone.

Where love does not stand over all, tyranny raises itself and tramples all.

Love is a bondage in which true freedom is realized: freedom to love and live in love.

To break from this bond in an attempt to live freely is to bind oneself to everlastingly lovelessness and the fear of abuse.  This is to make oneself both an abuser as well as the abused.

Government and governance are not causes of tyranny and abuse.  Those who usurp this role are the causes of tyranny and abuse.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)

For all who live in the subjugation of God’s love, there is no fear of punishment nor torment.  Where God’s love rules, those who are ruled live in the happy freedom of loving and being loved.

Such is the governance that exists in God’s kingdom of righteousness and holiness.  In His kingdom the Law is nothing more than a declaration of His holiness which is shared by all.

It is only when His rule of love is not acknowledged that the Law takes the form of something to be feared, because then the Law has a sharp edge that cuts and pierces, as well as the blunt force of the hammer that crushes and mangles and destroys.  Then fear of the consequences of disobedience arise.

When these laws are enforced by ungodly rulers, then fear of abuse also arises.

Such is the world in which we live, because the holy fear of God that casts out all fear is not observed.

People generally do not understand how fear of God can cast out fear.  And so they redefine fear as something else, such as, respect.  But true respect flows from perfect fear, love, and trust.

As an example, consider the force that we call gravity.

Ordinarily we give it little thought, even though we fear it.  It is a powerful force that can destroy us.  It causes us to experience what we call weight.  It allows us to propel ourselves on account of the friction that it produces between our feet and the ground or our tires and the pavement.  It keeps us from floating off into space.  It holds things in place.

But if we fall, it causes us to accelerate toward the ground so that we receive injury.  If we go deep enough under water it causes us to be crushed.

We fear it because it is powerful and so we also respect it and live in accord with the manner that it requires of us.  But we cannot live safely without it.  While it restrains us in certain ways, it also gives us freedom to live and act within the parameters that it establishes for us.  Most of the time we do not even notice the restraining functions of this invisible force, simply enjoying its benefits to us.  We ordinarily do not act fearfully concerning it and are even glad to experience its power in our daily activities, even though we many not consciously consider it.

In many ways, true and holy fear of God is like this.  For those who truly fear God, love and trust are inseparable aspects of this relationship.  When the triune God is known in connection with this trinity of relational aspects, life is experienced in its fullness and perfect freedom is enjoyed.  Through this God rules the heart with grace, mercy, and peace.  For those who truly fear, love and trust Him above all things, this is true even now, even while tyrants rule and abuse and pillage and plunder, but through lawlessness and through abusive laws.

Thus, while Libertarianism has worthy points, I am not a Libertarian.  I rather confess and walk and live in the way of bondage to true freedom and love.

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1 comment:

Gary Cepek said...


We citizens who are constituted by God's Word, which does not change, have been nourished be these accurate comments through and from you; thanks be to the Triune God.

Gary Cepek