The Bible clearly establishes government to ensure the basic protection and flourishing of the image of God in all of its citizens and residents. All humanity is created in the image of God and has the same basic needs: life, food, shelter, work, and the ability to migrate (Genesis 1:26-28). These basic needs lay the foundation for modern day human rights.

Scripture offers a glimpse into God’s thinking about the proper roles and boundaries of government and business in the establishment of Israel and the Ten Commandments (the Bill of Rights for a nascent nation of Israel) as well as the institutions of Sabbatical Year and the Year of Jubilee.

Lisa Sharon Harper, “Director of Mobilizing” for the Sojourners community, nicely demonstrating what passes for understanding of the Bible on the religious left