God Given Free Will and Individuality

Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul

Throughout his career, Dr. Ron Paul has clearly and consistently defined the role of government in our free and democratic society.  That role is to serve the interests of the American people by ensuring the protection of our Constitutional rights.   This idea rests on the belief that mankind was created with an innate sense of individuality and an intrinsic right of free will.  This view originates from the Bible and was shared by our founding fathers.

According to the Christian faith, God is the origin of individuality and salvation through Christ relies upon God’s gift of free will.  Throughout the Old Testament Jehovah reveals Himself as a distinct, self-aware being expressing independent thoughts, emotions, and ideas.  He bestowed these qualities to mankind when He created us in His image.   The Scripture also teaches that God created mankind with an intrinsic right to equality and personal liberty.  God never imposes His will upon mankind, but grants us the right to choose whom we will serve (Josh. 24:15).

Later in the Gospels, Jesus continued to teach that the path to salvation is a decision of faith.  Jesus does not force His way on people but presents them with the choice to follow Him: “Knock and the door shall be opened unto you; seek and ye shall find.”  We must then ask ourselves, “If God, being the origin and author of these rights, would not violate them as scripture teaches, is it God’s will for an earthly government to have the power to do so?”  The answer can be found in 1 Samuel chapter 8 when the Hebrew people asked God to give them an earthly King to rule over them.

According to Scripture, Jehovah advised the people against an earthly ruler.  He wanted them to continue governing themselves with God as their King.  Through the prophet Samuel, God explained the problems the centralized government of a King would bring.  A king would destroy their civil liberties, forcing their sons and daughters to serve in his palace and army.  A king would end private property rights, taking their fields, vineyards, olive orchards and livestock.  A king would be the beginning of government taxation taking from the fruits of their labor.

God had freed the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt, granted them their promised land, and helped them establish a self-governing tribal coalition based on personal liberty, self-responsibility and the rule of law.  Yet God obliged the people their choice to create a ruling Monarchy; reversing God’s gift of liberty and self-governance by enslaving the people once again.  And, after only three ruling Kings, the nation of Israel divided itself because of excessive government taxation.

It’s clear the founding fathers understood these Biblical truths.  When they declared America’s independence from the tyranny of the British Monarchy, they stood on the axiom that God places mankind’s right to individual liberty and self-governance above the will of the state:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Our wise Founding Fathers framed our Constitutional Republic on the Biblical truth that God is the source of mankind’s rights, not the state.  With a government solely committed to protecting the rights of its citizens, America was created to be a nation that celebrates individuality and empowers its people.  This is the meaning of our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution and our Bill of rights.  This is the heritage of the American people, and this is the resounding, biblically based message of Dr. Ron Paul.

Campaign website:  ronpaul2012.com

Special thanks to Thomas Tinsley for coauthoring and contributing to this post.

About Justin Machacek

Justin Machacek is a four-time Emmy award winning television producer, independent faith-based filmmaker, and promotional creative. He serves as the president of Reel Deal Productions, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas and as the Senior On Air Producer for one of the largest Christian media networks in the world. Justin has worked closely with many of the most prominent Christian ministries and faith-based media organizations in America, is a devout Christian, and active church attendee. As a long time Republican, Justin became very active in politics in the fall of 2011. His experience since then includes: a position on the National Advisory Board of Evangelicals for Ron Paul, being elected as State Delegate for the Texas GOP State Convention, being elected as an Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention, membership to the Republican Liberty Caucus, and recently a board position as Secretary for the Texas state chapter of the RLC. Justin is also active in local politics, Republican clubs, and legislative efforts.
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10 Responses to God Given Free Will and Individuality

  1. WakeupAmerica! says:

    Great post! More people need to realize that Dr. Paul is the only presidential candidate that cares about Christians beyond just receiving a vote. Santorum has the backing of the evangelical leaders but if he’s elected, he’ll drop the Christians as soon as it’s convenient. Ron Paul is the only logical choice!

  2. Brian Jacobs says:

    Excellent post! Getting this understanding of who Dr. Ron Paul really is among Christians is a must. As Christian conservatives we have a great choice in a leader that truly represents what this nation was founded by, men who stood for liberty!

  3. Matt Collins says:

    Ron Paul doesn’t wear his faith on his sleeve. He actually practices his faith both in his personal life, and also in his politics by the way he votes. He is the person that I would like to have as President due to his sheer honesty and consistency.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I was first drawn to Congressman Paul when I heard him say that our liberties come from our Creator, not government, and that he would never cast a vote that would violate this simple principle. Upon careful examination of his voting record, it’s clear that he never has. Ron Paul has taken four public oaths in his life time – first to his Lord when he vowed to love and honor Carol in marriage until death parts them. 56 years later he continues to keep that vow. Second, he swore to keep the hippocratic oath when he became a physician. I can find no evidence that he ever violated that oath. Third, he swore an alligence to the US when he joined the Air Force as a flight surgeon during the Viet Nam war. He kept that oath and served with honor. Last, Dr. Paul swore to uphold the US Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. It is obvious that he continues to abide by that oath.

    I want a President who seeks God’s will, then acts upon his faith and keeps his word. I believe God will honor such a man. That man is Dr. Ron Paul.

  5. Glen Woodfin says:

    Ron Paul stands for a government of the people, by the people and for the people. All other candidates and especially Obama want a government of the government, by the government and for the government.

    Ron Paul stands for religious freedom without government intrusion.

    God bless Ron Paul!

  6. reaganwasmyhero says:

    When I heard Dr. Paul speak at the Values Voters Summit, it was clear that he has a command of Scripture and a deep understanding of Biblical principles that very few candidates possess. He is a true leader “for such a time as this.”

  7. Zack says:

    Thanks for beig a Christian voice supporting Freedom. Unfortunately it’s not the norm. I wrote something similar, targeting evangelicals. It’s at http://bit.ly/Evs4RP if you wanna check it out.

  8. paul says:

    I’m not an American, but i see it’s so important that Christians get behind Ron Paul, it is so sad that so few evangelical leaders will voice support for him. Perhaps that’s a litmus test of our spiritually depraved some of them are, they’re more concerned about ‘bombin them arabs’ than real character. By not being overreachingly wearing his christianity on his sleeve, he is actually laying down the gauntlet to let christians stand up and be spiritually and morally strong and do their part to transform society, instead of wanting a bible-thumping president who doesn’t have the spiritual mandate that christian leaders truly have. It’s up to christian leaders to heal the land, not the president, but Ron Paul by ‘decreasing’ in his ‘saviour’ role, empowers others by his lack of trying to overshadow them. By being the anti-hero he is the most hero a presidential candidate could be. Why is it that fringe christians are more awake to Ron Paul’s goodness than ranting churchy christians? The idea of liberty is truly a biblical one, and not a humanist one.

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