If C’tians could get their act together & create a social-political system consistent with the Biblical teachings of Jesus & the Apostles (I do not distinquish between the two), what would it look like?
My own thoughts-
the Constitution would acknowledge the Creator God as sovereign, with the prophets of Israel, Jesus, and his apostles as the foundational teachers for
a tripartite representative democratic constitutional system structured much like
the US or a parliamentary system;
personally holding to C’tian doctrine & practice or church membership would
not be required for candidacy for office or voting rights (or any other rights)-
however, a pledge to acknowledge and uphold the Constitution would be,
with any attempt in office or by political action to subvert it resulting in loss of
rights to run/be appointed to political or vote suspended;
"We the Citizens of …, dedicate our society to the One God, Who makes all things and all peoples, and Who reveals His will to us most fully through the
prophets of Israel. Jesus of Nazareth, and His Christian Apostles, and Who commands us to do justice, seek mercy, and walk humbly before Him.
Beliefs and trust neither can nor should be forced by human power. That is in the provice of God. He has however put into human authority the protection of individuals and society from the harmful actions of other persons and groups.
It is with this Divine mission, we develop this Constitution…")
a tax system with a cap of 9 .99%, with incentive tax breaks given for job-creation, adoption, going into various social service/educational/medical professions.
tax exemption of all religious & educational non-profit organizations;
no direct tax subsidies to any of the above- however, social services & educational vouchers may be used with them;
marriage will not be a matter for the government, social contracts will. Certain actions such as conceiving a child together will create such a contract. Living together for in a family situation will also.
A citizen’s militia of every healthy adult citizen (the age of adulthood being 20)-
much like the Swiss or Israeli systems. Technically voluntary, but chock full of incentives. Emphasis on defensive warfare. If we have an enemy whose nature
demands we war against them, outright warfare will be the last resort after a campaign of isolation, destabilization, internal revolution & assassination have failed. (Yes, I believe the assassination of evil leaders is a more Christian option than the bombing of nations.)
Criminal justice system will be based on multiple financial restitution for crimes against property, financial restitution &/or corporal punishment arranged with the
victim for crimes of violence, exile to penal islands for life &/or execution for extreme or habitual violence, sexual violation- especially of children, & murder.
All abortions except for the child’s extreme defectiveness, rape/incest, and risk to the physical health &/or life of the mother will be banned after the second month of pregnancy. Still not sure about before that.
Laws against consensual adult sex will be repealed. However, prostitution & porn will be “sin-taxed” and participants may risk voting rights. Polygamy will not be legal (no social contracting with multiple spouses), but conceiving children with multiple partners will create enforceable contracts to support said children.
Social service/welfare systems will exist, encouraging recipients to pursue education & develop work skills & be weaned off the system soon as possible.
Everyone but the most disabled will be required to do something.
Trade and aid policies with foreign governments will be strongly tied to their human rights records.
That’s about all I can think of now. And what would you suggest?