The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenomenon, not a religious one. Like the Democratic and Republican parties it seeks to challenge, it is a secular movement, not a Christian one. As with both major political parties, people who regard themselves as Christians may be involved in, or sympathetic to, the new Tea Party; but that doesn't make it "Christian." But like the philosophies and policies of the major political parties, the Tea Party can legitimately be examined on the basis of Christian principles -- and it should be.
Is such a philosophy Christian? In several major aspects of biblical ethics, I would suggest that Libertarianism falls short.
He goes on to enumerate 5 specific reasons:
1. The Libertarian enshrinement of individual choice is not the pre-eminent Christian virtue. Emphasizing individual rights at the expense of others violates the common good, a central Christian teaching and tradition.
2. An anti-government ideology just isn't biblical.
3. The Libertarians' supreme confidence in the market is not consistent with a biblical view of human nature and sin.
4. The Libertarian preference for the strong over the weak is decidedly un-Christian.
5. Finally, I am just going to say it. There is something wrong with a political movement like the Tea Party which is almost all white.
The straw men here are numerous and obvious. This is a rant meant to do nothing more than smear a movement that speaks truth to the power and danger of big government and Jim Wallis, a marxist in sheep's clothing, is doing his level best to counter their arguments as only he can... telling half-truths and whole lies while pretending to be open-minded, tolerant and interested in dialog.
The man is a joke, his arguments weak and his intentions clear.
Mr. Wallis, people see through your lies and smears and more importanly, see you for what you are. Glen Beck has nailed you and the pretenders that are your followers and psychophants.
Crossposted at Brutally Honest.