The whole of the chapter is worth reading, but I want to zero in on the fundamental lawlessness of the regulatory state.
(After quoting Exodus 21:28-34)
The penalties here are different. In the first case, the owner of the ox gets off lightly: the loss of his ox. The ox is brought under public judgment. There is no other payment. In contrast, the penalty is far greater if the owner knew that the ox was dangerous. This knowledge increased his responsibility. He is at risk of his life or a penalty payment comparable to his execution. The threat of the negative judicial sanction encourages him to find ways to restrain the ox if he does not kill it and eat it. This is a high-risk beast. Biblical law pressures the owner to act responsibly in order to protect potential victims.
It is important to understand that this law does not authorize the creation of a mandatory program of ox inspection by state officials. God deems it sufficient that the owner is warned of the threat to him if he allows the ox to move without restraint. The owner has the responsibility of deciding which form of restraint is appropriate. If the beast kills someone, then judges in a court decide retroactively what would have been appropriate. This law identifies the locations of judicial sovereignty. Before the event, it lodges with the owner. After the event, it lodges with the court. It is a misunderstanding of biblical law to lodge this authority with a bureaucratic agency prior to the event.
This principle of interpretation applies to another case law. “If fire breaks out and catches in thorns so that the stacked grain or the standing grain or the field is consumed, he who started the fire shall make full restitution” (Exodus 22:5–6). The person who possesses the greatest knowledge of cause and effects of fire in a field is made responsible for these effects. This person is the owner of the field. The biblical judicial principle is clear: ownership establishes legal responsibility. Ownership establishes lawful control over property. Control establishes legal responsibility.
Biblical law establishes a link between knowledge and responsibility.Chapter 37: Regulation, in Christian Economics: Scholar’s Edition by Gary North
Today’s explicitly anti-Christian, secularist state works hard to strip men of freedom and responsibility, and give it to itself, in the name of a bogus safety.
Such slavery is not good enough for Christian men, or Christian cultures.
Now, what should happen is that middle, upper-middle, and working class Christians vote to break their chains, and take responsibility for themselves… and therefore, liberty for themselves.
But, as they lack faith in the invisible Creator, and have a deep fear (and thus, a worshipful) attitude to the secularist welfare state, they are going to play the broken Hebrew slave, in the name of peace and safety and government checks.
So instead, the Total State is going to bust its budget unexpectedly — again — and Christians are going to be unexpectedly thrown out of the “Submission to Master means Protection by Master” mindtrap.
Christians will have to rapidly learn to take responsibility for their own lives without any preparation or warning whatsoever.
Most Christians, anyways.
I hope that my readers will prepare themselves, and use this knowledge to ready themselves for a leadership position as they take charge of a rabble of broken-back believers, still wailing for the leeks and onions of Egypt, and bleating about how hard God is on them.
Time to grow up.