How to Reach Christians with the Liberty Message

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How to Reach Christians with the Liberty Message

  1. 1. NICK GAUSLING, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HOW TO REACH CHRISTIANS WITH THE LIBERTY MESSAGE DOUG STUART, BOARD MEMBER
  2. 2. WHY DOES THIS MATTER? CHRISTIAN 71% Major U.S. Demographic Engine for generating ideas Christians aim to be a long-term catalyst for societal change
  3. 3. HOW TO REACH CHRISTIANS Don’t lead off with rhetoric that hardly works on anybody. Start Well Christians remain faithful to their religious documents and traditions. Appeal to their Fidelity Libertarianism is not a monolithic ideology, but a diverse movement. Broad Camp Changing one’s mind is often a long-term endeavor. Conversations > Conversions
  4. 4. OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY • Genesis: Eden, Cain, and Babel • Israel under Moses • The Kings • The prophetic vision of God’s reign
  5. 5. NT THEOLOGY: THE GOSPELS • The return of the King • The temptations of Christ • Jesus on taxes and politics • Jesus on trial • Resurrection: the victory of God
  6. 6. NT THEOLOGY: EPISTLES • Romans 13 • 1 Peter 2 • 1 Timothy 2 • Revelation
  7. 7. EARLY CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY OF THE STATE
  8. 8. “And when you hear that we look for a kingdom, you suppose, without making any inquiry, that we speak of a human kingdom … For if we looked for a human kingdom, we should also deny our Christ ...”
 - Justin Martyr, an early Samaritan theologian 
 (b. ~100 – d. ~165)
  9. 9. “For we no longer take up ‘sword against nation,’ nor do we ‘learn war any more,’ having become children of peace, for the sake of Jesus, who is our leader.” - Origen, an early Alexandrian theologian 
 (b. ~185 – d. ~254)
  10. 10. “I do not wish to be a king. I am not anxious to be rich. I decline military command.”
 -Tatian, an early Syrian theologian 
 (b. ~120 – c. ~173)
  11. 11. “Shall [a Christian] carry a flag, too, hostile to Christ? And shall he ask a watchword from the emperor [when he] has already received one from God?”
 - Tertullian, an early Carthaginian theologian 
 (b. ~155 – d. ~240)
  12. 12. “Above all, Christians are not allowed to correct by violence sinful wrongdoings. For [it is] not those who abstain from evil by compulsion, but those [who abstain] by choice, [that] God crowns. For it is not possible for a man to be good steadily except by his own choice.”
 - Clement of Alexandria, an early theologian 
 (b. 150 – d. 215)
  13. 13. OTHER COMMON OBJECTIONS Libertarianism is not a comprehensive worldview Libertines? Libertarians don’t care about whether some people are rich and wield power over the poor. Greed-enablers? Abortion and Marriage Social Issues
  14. 14. • Bookmark LibertarianChristians.com • Sign up for our email list (see us afterward or at our table) • Like our Facebook page: facebook.com/LibertarianChristians • Join our Facebook group: LibertarianChristians.com/fb • Follow us on Twitter @LCIOfficial • Become a contributor! 
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