Michael Gerson, guru of evangelical compassionate conservatism, argues against Christian libertarianism. Gerson concludes that “For millennia, artists, thinkers and politicians have shaped their image of Jesus, often into a mirror image of themselves. But the goal of Christianity is to allow Him to shape us, not the other way around. And just as Jesus the leftist revolutionary is a distortion, so is Jesus the libertarian.”
I am not a libertarian but sure vote like one. What Gerson does not seem to understand is the peculiar nature of the American politics. An authentic American conservative is a libertarian constitutionalist in national politics, a wide eyed realist at the state level, and a communitarian republican at the local. Jesus did not invent our federal ideas (although I do see parallels to ecclesiastical Presbyterianism) but I do not think he could object.
Special thanks to my friend Clayton for tipping me off to the Gerson article.