By Joe Carter at the Acton Institute Blog
All Christian ethics can be summed up in one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:391). And within that command is the provision, as the Apostle Paul said, “Love does no harm to a neighbor” (Romans 13:102). This is why the Christian approach to public policy should begin with a simple standard: Because we love our neighbors, we should not support policies that we suspect will cause them harm.
Unfortunately, while the rule is simple to state it can be difficult to apply. We don’t always know or agree on what policies will cause harm. Still, any type of policy that is presumed or known to cause harm should be carefully scrutinized. A prime example is government regulations.
As economist Scott Sumner says3, “One of the most basic ideas in economics is that the vast majority of regulations are harmful.”*
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