Government exists to protect the property rights of individuals, and when it goes beyond this function, it is no longer exercising its authority in the manner God intended. Indeed, Romans 13:3-4 provides a description of the very purpose of proper, just government:
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.
Government exists to punish evildoers - that is, those who violate the property rights of other individuals. In its proper form, it is to uphold the natural rights of every image-bearer of God. When men violate God’s prohibitions against harming people (e.g., murder) or their property (e.g., stealing), it is “God’s minister” - government - that is to execute justice against the criminal. God’s purpose in government is His means to maintain order on the earth and to ensure people’s natural, or inalienable, rights are not violated.
The question must be asked, then, does our government meet or go beyond this clearly defined standard? The answer is obvious - not only does government at the state and federal level go beyond this standard in creating laws that violate individual liberty, but it makes a mockery of these principles to actually enable the worst kind of assault against individual liberty, namely, legalized murder against children in the womb! There is no escaping how wreckless our government has become. To be clear, a government that is capable of allowing such slaughter is a government that is capable of all kinds of evil. A government that doesn’t protect its weakest and most vulnerable citizens is a government capable of violating every liberty under the sun!
The truth is, the Oklahomans have largely forgotten the principles that formed these United States. Thomas Jefferson, who wrote in the Declaration of Independence that the purpose of government is to protect our God-given, unalienable rights – of which life, liberty, and property are preeminent - feared this very day:
All the powers of government, legislative, executive, and judiciary, result to the legislative body. The concentrating these in the same hands is precisely the definition of despotic government. It will be no alleviation that these powers will be exercised by a plurality of hands, and not by a single one. 173 despots would surely be as oppressive as one...As little will it avail us that they are chosen by ourselves. An elective despotism was not the government we fought for...1
Indeed, our Founding Fathers did not fight for an elective despotism, and neither shall Oklahomans (or Texans, Louisianians, etc.) who love liberty choose to live under such tyranny. Whether it’s federal government or state government, our system was set up to balance and restrict power such that no branch of the government “could transcend their legal limits, without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.”2 Yet in 2018, the federal government has become so centralized that it essentially works in unison to lord over the people of the states, imposing its dictates and suppressing freedom in the name of “progress.” Frankly, we have done what Jefferson said we would eventually do - we have chosen the despots ourselves. We ask government to do too much, and as a result, it has grown too large, has become too dominant, and has entirely too much power. The federal government constantly seeks to micromanage our lives, and has ceased to function as an agent of justice or fulfill its duty to protect good, punish evil, and prohibit oppression.
Not so any longer in Oklahoma! That is, if you are willing to do what it takes to re-establish state sovereignty in Oklahoma, restructure government to fulfill its proper function, and remove influence in areas in which it has no business. This is what FreeTheStates promises to do, with your help.
If government in Oklahoma is to be proper, it will depend upon you to ensure that happens. The principles of liberty upon which these United States were founded are the very principles that will lead us to freedom from government overreach today. Our liberty and prosperity depend upon it, and future generations depend upon you to recognize that.
Governing authorities ought to be a terror to evildoers, not to the good. They should be a servant of the people. The people have delegated authority to their government, but when this authority is misused, the people suffer the consequences. If you desire proper government that carries out its function of executing justice, especially for the most vulnerable among us - namely, our preborn neighbors - then it’s incumbent upon you to not elect officials who will perpetuate the “elective despotism” Jefferson warned against. It is our responsibility to rally around righteous candidates who fear God and will ensure proper governance for all. Right now, there is only one gubernatorial candidate who promises just that!