There are those who would accuse abolitionists of desiring to allow child sacrifice to run rampant and unchecked in American culture just because those anarchists condemn the idolatry of choosing human rulers to overtake the responsibility of regulating abortion at the expense (legal burdens/taxation) of the people.
Naturally, they are pragmatists who are blinded by their lust for political power. They fail to see that abortion is actually the greatest symptom of a society that has been given over to minds debased by the need to reject God’s common sense, in replacing him with the legislated morality of false gods. It is a symptom that is greater than even the chattel slavery of the 1800s. It is greater than even homosexuality, even though this is the primary example that the apostle Paul gives as a symptom of trusting in civil magistrates. When man no longer desires to be ruled by God in his heart and mind, God gives him over to be ruled by men who play god.
Even though abortion and even homosexuality were just as common in Christ’s day as they are in ours, the Gospel preached by Jesus Christ and the early Christians is almost exclusively focused on proscribing the need for magistrates to rule over the people which inherently takes taxes to occur. His message explained that sin begets sin begets sin. Idolatry (trusting in magistrates) and covetousness (receiving welfare and “justice” at the expense of your neighbor’s labor) and sloth (failing to provide for your family to prevent them from turning to Egypt during times of famine) begets bondage (social contracts, taxation, heavy legal burdens) which begets, through collective license and democracy, sins like homosexuality and abortion (not needing a strong family because you have a strong civil bureaucracy to provide for you through fiat currency and civil infrastructure makes children and hetero-procreation expendable.)
Couple these two realities with the fact that the Israelites described Pharaoh’s provision for them during their sloth in the face of famine as a “good thing” even though it meant their slavery.
These ideas joined together makes the “good” that magistrates do little more than the same pragmatism that abolitionists are used to condemning pro-lifers over. Do evil so that good may come? The road to hell is paved with such logic.
To more pointedly address the concern for having “good” lesser magistrates to stymie the federal beast: federal government, like all human civil government is meant to be a tyranny. Its purpose by God is to make you cry out in judgment for putting your faith in it to begin with. Sin leads you to bondage. Taxation is justice. Tyrants are your sin coming home to roost. And nothing can redeem you unless Christ provides a kingdom through His Gospel, and your repentance unto it is rewarded.
Any good that false gods (magistrates) do is in spite of themselves, and Satan has every right and ability to use it to further your bondage and the bondage of your peers. And he will. Because you need to learn to cry out to God, and not some governor, for redemption.
The real solution for unchecked evils is a grassroots approach, conceived by preaching holiness and practicing the ministry of reconciliation. The notion of personal responsibility to love one’s neighbor through freewill endeavors sum up most of the commands of Christ, and it is only those kinds of endeavors that Christ intends to bless. This is what it means to know God.
“Shalt thou reign, because thou closest thyself in cedar? did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and then it was well with him? He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the Lord. But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.” (Jeremiah 22:15-17)
The lesson to be learned here is not that it is necessary to raise up human rulers to do justice and be charitable to the poor, because then it would be impossible for Israel to have done justice and love mercy during the hundreds of years before raising up a king of their own to rule over them. While it may not be impossible to keep the weightier matters while having titular rulers, the lesson to be learned here is that power corrupts and that it certainly becomes a lot easier to corrupt society in its entirety after electing men into office over it and outsourcing society’s responsibilities to their civil institutions.
Scripture often refers to the cycle of taxation and providing taxpayer services as “shedding blood,” because taking your neighbor’s rights to his livelihood means taking away his life. By enjoying the fruits of another’s labor by force, you drink his blood. Only offerings that are given up willingly are those that contain none of the blood that comes with living by the sword of human institutionalism.
This is to say that societies characterized by human civil government have a part to play. For all of their self-destructive and fiscally bankrupt maladies, they efficiently serve as colonies for moral lepers who are too unrighteous and unrepentant to participate in free societies. For example, because free societies are founded upon the family unit as their primary political parties, anything that fails to preserve the prosperity of the family is incompatible with a free society. This unequivocally includes abortion. Social virtues and community ethics, when abandoned, express a need for the community to shun the wrongdoer from their networks of voluntary charity. As a result, those who murder their own offspring will find themselves without a support group, and must subject themselves again to the yoke of bondage experienced by every unrepentant person: as civil citizens under human civil government. In this way, civil society, complete with its oppressive bureaucracies and death penalties, become self-made prisons for those who reject the higher liberty contingent upon the personal responsibilities of free societies. Those who murder their children, or otherwise break God’s Law, are able to experience a divine justice of being cast out from the Kingdom of God, only to be received by the tyranny of false gods who exact legalistic revenge on those who go out from God’s presence.
“For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” (Romans 13:3-4)
Good people with strong families have no fear of the rule of governments because governments are a vengeance upon bad people who weaken the integrity of the family through sin: covetousness, sloth, and bloodlust.
And so, while human civil government necessarily hardens the hearts of its citizens and compels them to discard common sense righteousness and partake in heinous sins and activity, it also serves as a recompense for those who discard righteousness and partake in heinous sins and activity. It is the quintessential ouroborus, the snake eating its own tail in perpetual self-destruction and divine justice upon its own wickedness.
The real solution to both abortion and statism is the same: Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand. Its presence can set captives free from the effects of their civil bondage, and teach them to love their children in self-sacrificial enthusiasm.