The 2020 Christmas season seems like a good time to write about how Jesus influences my freedom philosophy. Celebrating the birth of Jesus reminds us of the gifts He freely gave during His life on earth. His parables promoted individual liberty and personal responsibility. Jesus taught us to help others and show kindness of our own free will. He never said we should demand politicians force us to help the downtrodden. Jesus forgave a prostitute and stopped religious leaders when they wanted to stone her. He didn’t say they should ask Caesar to punish her for them. He simply explained how we all fall short and should not rush to condemn or punish others for their perceived shortcomings. The teachings of Jesus are summed up in His Golden Rule. We could have peace on earth if everyone treated everyone else the way we all want to be treated.
A freedom philosophy inspired by Jesus suggest we don’t punish people for moral mistakes or coerce kindness. Criminal laws should boil down to doing no physical or financial harm to others. Violent offenders should be isolated from civilized society rather than being punished by a corporate prison system that profits off their misery. Financial freedom for everyone should come through wise use of our public resources. Using government powers to take and give away money breeds contempt and corruption.
This time of uncertainty across the globe should be used to think about how we want to move forward. Will we firmly embrace critical thinking, self-governance, and individual liberty or passively accept political dictates, global governance, and collective servitude? Let’s choose the path that peacefully secures freedom and prosperity for all of humanity throughout the ages.