Why government has no legitimate authority over you. Given the following:
A. All men are created equal (let's not squabble here about creator).
B. Everyone's rights are equal.
C. Rights include Life, Liberty and Property...
This means I don't have the right to take your "stuff". You don't have the right to take my "stuff". I don't have the right to force you to do anything and you don't have the right to force me to do anything...
One more assumption must be made and that is that I don't have the power to delegate any power that I myself do not possess.
If we are together so far, then the following must be true.
I cannot "vote" into office a delegation that will pass laws that you must follow. Since I do not posess the power to make you obey me, neither can I delegate to another the power to make you obey "them". Since all men are equal, then none of us have this "power" to delegate to others "authority" to pass laws, force compliance, or take your possessions...
People have tried to get around this by saying there is some sort of "social compact" that we all somehow have become a part of by existing on some geographical area defined by a line drawn in the sand. I myself, have never seen such social compact and neither have I knowlingly entered into same. Any contract must (by common acceptance) be made by competent adults with all terms disclosed.
I maintain that the term "Christian" is exactly what I am. I do indeed get most of my "doctrine" from the King James version of what is called "the Bible". I agree with many things of what one calls the "churches" today but that term is also misused. Christ used the term "church" to refer to his followers. Therefore, I am a member of his "church". The greatest ideals of what we call the fiction USA were popularized by this belief in Christ as He came to redeem all mankind from the path of destruction "they" had been on. His love was great in that He laid down His life as a sacrifice for the sins of all, thereby making us EQUAL to Him in the eyes (figuratively) of the Creator. Such love and EQUALITY are what some old guys about 235? years ago were trying to set up as a fictious government where all men would be soverign and equal. The "great experiment" that was the "fiction USA" was in the shared soverign-ity of the equal members of society. As creators of this government, it was to be their servant as they were servants of their creator. If not servants, they certainly recognized the superior nature of the Creator. This master-servant relationship was to be duplicated in the great experiment. I believe the relationship went as planned for about 3 minutes. The founding documents recognized the right of the People to keep and bear arms for the sole purpose of throwing off any goverment infringment, but then one of the first things to be passed by congress was the anti-sedition act. Now as to my belief being restrictive, it is quite the opposite. As I see man burdened down with sin there is nothing more liberating than to be allowed by ones Creator to share in His vision of what should be. I am the first one to admit that I don't know all that He has for me to learn, but I'm trying. There have been many times when I thought I had something figured out only to have to re-think the position later in life and come to what may be an opposite view. The most liberating aspect of this belief in a merciful God is that even if I get it wrong, I don't have to be too concerned as He will take care of it in the end. Call it a cop-out if you will, but since we are all so fallible and imperfect, I'll stick with this belief untill I believe He leads me in a different direction. One thing I know for certain is that the gov did NOT create me so I certainly won't worship them as most of the people are doing lately. Other men did NOT create me so I will not acknowledge them as having lordship over me either. As far as the authority of any "Church", that is a voluntary thing that you can opt out of at any time. You CHOOSE to belong to a church and you can just as easily choose to not belong. How much more freedom could you have? No one tells me what to do. I voluntarilly agree with God to follow what I believe to be His laws and if I should "offend", He is not only my Judge, but my Counsellor as well. Better than in the fiction USA courts where your "judge" is your "prosecutor" as well.
How can a Christian be an anarchist? I will explain how I see in the bible that we not only CAN be anarchist, but that we should be anarchist. The definition of anarchy is simply lack of a formal government. It does not mean burning and looting. I believe that the only authority we are bound to acknowledge and obey is God's authority. Any authority the government has over you is illegitimate. The founders of this great fiction called the USA were Christian. Some claim that Ben Franklin and perhaps Jefferson were Deists but both write of big G God in which they believe so I think this is untrue. Their writings seem to indicate that they were Christian.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident-that all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights...”. These 22 words are genius and all of what this fiction stood for emanate from them. It follows that we believe since all men have equal rights that no one has special rights above another's rights. How then do men from the IRS, for instance, have the “right” to steal my property (money) and spend it on things I don't want my money spent on? How do men from the CPS have the “right” to determine that the way I raise my children is not correct so they must take them and hide them? The examples could go on and on. The only “law” we must follow is God's law and not man's laws (Acts 5:29).
If we all have the same rights, do I have the right to take your property when you don't have the right to take mine? If I don't have the right to take your property, then if I get together with 5 others, can we “vote” to take your property from you? If not, then how is it that 1 million of us can get together and “vote” for a tax on your property which we then spend any way “we” see fit? Where does the authority come from to vote a “representative” who gets together with other “representatives” to put burdens on my life which infringe on my rights given to me by God? If you can prove that I have done you harm, then you would have the “right” to demand something from me. Absent proof of such damage, you would have no claim to anything of mine. These principals are found in what is called “common law”. What we call “common law” takes it's ideas from what we call “The Bible”.
What about where the Bible talks about obeying authority? Hebrews 13:17 says “Obey them that have the rule over you...” but who is it that has “rule over you”? A few verses before this one it says “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God:” (verse 7). Do our politicians speak the word of God? Are they even “rulers” or did our founders have the wisdom to correctly name them our “servants”. Since when do “servants” have the duty to rule over the “masters”. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Romans 6:16.
Unfortunately, I see a trend towards government worship in this fiction USA. Everywhere there is propaganda presenting police and military as heros whom we should worship. Truth is, police jobs are safer than many jobs. The CDC lists as the most dangerous jobs – fisherman and miners. Police are down the list a way. Do we “worship” fisherman and miners who make about half as much money as police? Police have way too much power and get paid way too much money. Likewise, soldiers do not have as high a death rate as presented. Indeed, both military and police deaths have a high percentage of deaths related to “friendly fire”. If the police were not armed, there would be less death on both the police side as well as the “suspect” side of the equasion.
But hey, doesn't it say in Titus to “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work” ?? Titus 3:1. Well yes it does! But who are “Them” in that verse. If you read back to 2:9 you see this is addressed to “servants”. Are you a “servant”? The founders of this fiction USA saw fit to make the fiction a servant and the People as the Masters. Are you truly a master or have you become a slave to what was created as your servant?
I'm Gene and I call myself the Christian Anarchist. I started in the 60's as a liberal hippie type and later became a Republican after I started to pay taxes. I became unhappy with the republicans and their talk of small government while they were increasing every program they could so I became a libertairan. Some time later I decided that I was not a libertairian either so I tried to determine exactly what I could label myself. I didn't fit into any party that I knew of. My strong belief in Christianity put me out of most groups who deny God's presence. I did not acknowledge any authority which eminated from man as I believe strongly that "all men are created equal". If we are all equal with equal rights, I could not see how anyone gets "extra" rights to rule others. My only conclusion was that no one has the right to rule over me. This is the definition of an anarchist so I started calling myself a "Christian Anarchist". I believed that I had invented the phrase, but after punching it into Google, I found several great links that express exactly what I feel, that no earthly authority is over man, only God is over man.