Christians, you see, are supposed to be imbued with an unshakeable belief in American exceptionalism, the inherent goodness of the federal government, and the justice of our cause. We are supposed to recognize that blind obedience is our patriotic duty, and that unflinching patriotism is the closest thing to godliness.We are supposed to believe that reciting the pledge of allegiance and invoking God's blessings upon our military adventures necessarily grants them divine sanction. We are to construe our Lord's famous exhortation to "render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's" as an ironclad commandment to submit to every whim and dictate of our earthly overlords without question. We are to believe that it was the Lord, not Woodrow Wilson or William F. Buckley, who commanded us to engage in endless war for the sake of our glorious republic.
We dare not question the legitimacy of America's actions, for she must necessarily be the "city on a hill" of Matthew 5:14. After all, Reagan said so, and fidelity to Reagan is one of the Christian's most sacred duties.
I reject this. I believe we are called to a higher and more fundamental law, so important and universal that it was spoken, not only by Jesus, but also by virtually every major religious leader. It is the principle that underlies biblical Christianity, and it finds expression in the libertarian non-aggression principle. It is the principle, that according to Jesus, is at the heart of God's self-revelation to mankind.
"In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you would want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 7:12, NASB
If you would not be stolen from, why steal? If you would not have vengeance visited upon you, do not be eager to seek vengeance on others. If you would not be arbitrarily imprisoned on a whim, how is it that you support the arbitrary imprisonment of others? Upon this "Golden Rule" hangs the message of the Law and the Prophets.