"Socialism is Institutionalized Envy"

Does Jesus want you to be a conservative? Douglas Wilson speculates:

So when I claim, as I recently have, that belief in the lordship of Jesus Christ obligates us to a position that honors the concept of limited government, I really am saying that everybody needs to get good with this. The Bible teaches it. So then, someone will say, “you are claiming that Jesus is a conservative”? Not really — given where He is, at the right hand of the Father, I really don’t know how the label would attach. But I am willing to say that He wants you to be one. 

Akkk! Pandemonium! 

Am I saying that Jesus wants us to be heartless money-grubbing, indiscrimnate carpet-bombing, nationalistic, crony-capitalists? Um, no. Not that. Jesus doesn’t want anybody to be anything evil, and He doesn’t want anybody to be somebody’s evil caricature of anything either. Nobody has to do those. 

But He does want us to take personal responsibility, honor the property of others, respect and follow the sexual ethic of Scripture, refrain from taking the blood of innocents, remember the poor with our own funds (as distinct from funds we stole from others), and respect the need for the civil magistrate to stay within his appointed bounds. Now, take those positions and bundle them all together. What do you call that? I call it a recognizable form of conservatism.

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