Laissez Faire

 

Defined

  1. An economic doctrine that opposes governmental regulation of or interference in commerce beyond the minimum necessary for a free-enterprise system to operate according to its own economic laws.
  2. Noninterference in the affairs of others.

 

Contrary to popular opinion the Bible does not advocate interference in the private lives of others. Unless, of course, it is mutually agreed to by the involved parties! Also, assuming no legitimate law is being broken under which a person is a subject of the governing authority.

 

Perhaps the most frequently abused and misunderstood law is this Commandment given by God.

*   (Exo 20:15 NIV)  "You shall not steal.

 

It seems many people, especially Christians, think it is to be understood like this: You shall not steal; unless the majority approves of that theft or the government does the stealing for you.

Let’s look at a few Bible verses.

*   (Prov 13:22-23 NIV)  A good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous. {23} A poor man's field may produce abundant food, but injustice sweeps it away.

These verses talks about a, “Good man” and a, “Poor man.” The verses show that each man was entitled to what he had earned. The second of the verses indicates injustice deprives a man of his earnings.

*   Mark 7:9-14 (NIV) 9And he said to them: “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! 10For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’£ and, ‘Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’ 11But you say that if a man says to his father or mother: ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is Corban’ (that is, a gift devoted to God), 12then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother. 13Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

These verses talks about, Mothers and Fathers. So we have an obligation to our parent, our children, and even our grandchildren. These verses illustrate two principles: Moral Proximity and Subsidiarity. Our obligation priorities begin with those closest to us. And assistance should be handled at the lowest level possible!

*   (Psa 24:1 NIV)  Of David. A psalm. The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;

But God granted us stewardship and earthly ownership. The verse does not declare that everything belongs to the state and it is not the state that gives us ownership rights. It is clearly God that gives the rights to property.

*   (Mat 20:12-15 NIV)  'These men who were hired last worked only one hour,' they said, 'and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.' {13} "But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? {14} Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. {15} Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?'

What belongs to you is yours to do with as you wish. Nobody else has the right to place claims on what is yours. Not even the state (government) has that right.

*   (Acts 5:1-4 NIV)  Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. {2} With his wife's full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles' feet. {3} Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? {4} Didn't it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn't the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God."

This story is frequently misunderstood as advocating communal, socialist living. First notice that if it was to be a model it certainly didn’t last long. Second notice that the communal model was entirely voluntary! Listen again to what Peter said. Didn't it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn't the money at your disposal? This was not a model of socialism and compulsion. Just the opposite was true. The problem wasn’t that they didn’t give. The problem was they were dishonest about their giving!

*   (1 Tim 5:8-10 NIV)  If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. {9} No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, {10} and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.

Here it is clearly the responsibility of the individual to provide for his family, not the state. And the church was the source of charitable giving. The giving had reasonable requirements and the source of what was given was entirely without coercion. Those receiving gifts were expected to be of good standing.

*   (2 Th 3:10-15 NIV)  For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat." {11} We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. {12} Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. {13} And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right. {14} If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him, in order that he may feel ashamed. {15} Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.

Men were expected to do what they could for themselves and, if not, perhaps even shunned to encourage then to do what they should. Shunning was a loving act not a hostile one.

 

There is only one system of governance and economics that satisfies these Bible instructions, it is free enterprise in free markets. It is not crony capitalism. Crony capitalism is based on favoring some people over others. In other words, stealing freedom.

 

Laissez Faire Capitalism, that is the Government keeping its nose out of free exchange, that system is the system that made the United States the blessed and prosperous nation it became. Turning away from that Laissez Faire system is leading us down the road to serfdom. Here is the cry that needs to be heard throughout the land. We must obey God!

 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”

 

Leaders and bureaucrats: Get out of our lives! We recognize no king but King Jesus!