Government is instituted, not in order to seek its own profit at the expense of its subjects and to exercise its self-will on them but in order to provide for the best interests of its subjects.
– Martin Luther
In his book Christ & Civilization , John Robbins argues that the freedom and prosperity which characterize Western civilization have their roots, not in the political philosophy of ancient Greece and Rome, not in the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, but in the system of ideas found in the Bible. What we call Christianity.
One of the most significant political ideas found in the Bible is the notion of the servant leader. In Christian political thought, the governing authorities exist to serve the individual. Of course because of sin, the world generally gets this exactly backward, tyrannically asserting that individuals exist to serve the polis, volk, or state. In the words of Christ,
You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.
When we think of tyranny and rulers lording it over their people, it’s natural to call to mind the regimes of men such as Nero, Hitler or Stalin. But tyranny has more subtle forms as well, one of which is central banking. In the United States, this activity is carried out by the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States. The activities of this organization affect the lives of every single person in the country, yet it arrogantly takes the position that it’s under no obligation to tell anyone what it does, instead demanding implicit faith in its wisdom to set monetary policy and manage the economy. What is worse, there are many within the government and the financial community who agree.
This financial tyranny, this lording it over people, is radically un-American.