By: R.J. Moeller
More people have died in human history from a lack of clean water than almost anything else. If the guy who invented the Brita filtration system was transported back in time 200 years, and he went around telling people he knew of a better way of living than drinking water that horses and humans defecated in, we'd all agree that he was doing not only a "good" thing, but the only morally right thing. If that man was a Christian, we'd say he was doing a godly thing.
But I imagine that, human nature being what it is, there would be doubters and skeptics among the citizenry. There would probably even be Christians who would challenge this man by condescendingly saying things like, "You're so obsessed with talking about clean water...you know, there are more important things."
Sure, clean water never saved anyone's soul. That is a valid point. And not everyone had to be as passionate about, and focused on, spreading the word about cleaner drinking water. But the Brita guy from 2012, now trapped in 1812, would have to scratch his head and wonder, "Don't these people see that all I'm trying to do is improve life for everyone...to give people the freedom to lead more productive and freer lives...to bring dignity to lives that are robbed of it due to easily corrected things...to enable missionaries to take the message of the Gospel AND clean water to the world???"
This is how I feel about advocating for free enterprise and limited government. It's NOT the Gospel. It won't save someone's soul. But it will bring people up out of poverty. It will put limits on the power one man or one small group can have over their neighbors. It will lead to innovations in technology and medicine.
I don't promote and defend this stuff because it's the Gospel message. I promote and defend it because it's true. Because it's a better way of living. Because God's given me a passion and mind to do so.
But mostly, because I like clean water.