What Is Private Property?
If you watch young people, or remember when you are younger, the first words are generally “Mine’…this comes from creation: God created us in His image and he gave us dominion over the earth and he told us to rule over it. In this, He commanded us to be good stewards/owners of things He gives us. We are to honor Him, by taking care of them.
In this post, we discussed Freedom and Liberty. We defined Freedom as: being free to do something and Liberty as: voluntary self-control – doing what we want when we want – free from outside control, but without taking advantage of another person…. because we are guided by our conscience. We also discussed Internal and External Government. We would be best to live in a state of Liberty, not freedom. In a situation of Liberty, we control ourselves and through self Government, we do not encroach on another person’s rights. In life Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness – was originally Property.
Property actually sets us aside….it gives us the ability to be set apart through ownership and control the use and disposal of what we have. It is something we choose with God’s direction what to do. Like slavery…what makes it so bad? It’s the fact that a HUMAN has no freedom, no liberty. They are being treated as the property of another person. This goes against God’s creation. What makes this doubly bad, not only are you treated like a piece of property, but the hard labor in slavery….are the slaves able to benefit? Do they get to own any of the property or goods? No, they belong to the owner/master. So, our humanity is under assault when we are in slavery…we are not being treated as someone created in God’s image. Private Property is something the founding fathers took seriously. They considered it to be part of the person.
In the 4th amendment, it says the right of the people to be secure in their persons….. against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be permitted.” This addresses the Private Property issue we are discussing. This keeps the government from just coming in our homes without proper permission from the courts So, we have this God-given right to take ownership and it’s not for man to take it from us without God’s permission. The founding Fathers decided to include this phrase because these rights were violated prior to the revolutionary war. The King of England was taking advantage of the American Colonists and this is one of the reasons the Colonists decided to leave the rule of the King The Stamp Act was one major reason. It was a tax on every single transaction of life. If you went to the store and received a receipt, send a letter to a friend, a newspaper or pamphlet would all require taxes back to the King This Stamp Act was taking money from people when they were trying to do any kind of business for themselves. This created a lot of anger. The King made it difficult for the Colonists in many ways…this impeded their ability to make money and how they could spend it to purchase goods for their families. The founding Fathers believed in Private Property and how that impacted each person.