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