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    Should Christians Care About Economics?

    Why should we care about the economy?

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    What difference does economics make to a Christian? Letís plunge into the Deeper Waters and find out.

    Christians are not supposed to be of the world. Right? If so, should we care about economic policy? Should we not be busy with matters of the Kingdom? What difference does it make to us about economic theory?

    I say all of this because we are in 2020 and this is a presidential election year and as has been said before, ďItís the economy, stupid.Ē This is one of the big drives for a vote this year. Some think the economy is doing great. Others have their concerns about it.

    Another area of contention that is often had is how to help the poor. A mistake I think made here is to assume that one side does not want to help the poor. I am a highly committed capitalist who does want to help the poor. I donít doubt my friends who are more socialist want to help the poor. What I doubt is their methodology. They may have good intentions, but good intentions do not necessarily equal good results. Too often, it is not assumed that I have good intentions in promoting capitalism. (Since I count myself among the poor, itís hard to see what benefits I am getting.)

    While we are to be about the Kingdom, we are also to be living in the world that is. It is not the sinful world as if anything in this world is pure evil. We are to seek the welfare of the society that we are in and strive for the best. That includes learning good economics.

    My wife had a friend once who asked why it is here in America that there are fewer Black or Hispanic or Asian dolls. Why are they white? The assumption was that this was racist. I said itís not racism, but it is rather supply and demand. Most people here in America are white and girls who play with dolls assume their children will be the same race as they are. If you went to Africa, black dolls would sell out. In Mexico it would be Hispanic dolls and in China it would be Asian dolls. If we are going to say itís racism here, then it would have to be anywhere else.

    There are plenty of great works on economics that can be read from all perspectives. Some are very capitalist. Some are very socialist. Economic thinking is also really a lot of fun. If you can learn to think well on economics, you can learn how to think better in every other area.

    Also, if you truly want to help the poor, you need to find which methods truly do help the poor. The little boy trying to help the butterfly break free earlier by poking a hole in its home might be thinking he is helping, but in reality he is killing the butterfly regardless of his intentions. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

    This election cycle as in all others, itís always good to be informed. Go get some good books on economics if you want to be. Donít just go with what you read online or listen to on the radio. Really study some economic theory from some of the greatest minds in economics. Your intentions are not enough. You need a method that produces good results and for that, you need to study economics.

    In Christ,
    Nick Peters

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    This post got me wondering about one verse that has been bothering me for awhile: 2 Timothy 2:4. What relevance do you think this has to Christians today? Were these specific instructions given to Timothy given his role in the fledgling church?

    Clearly God does care about economics. There are warnings in both the Old Testament and in James about wealthy land owners who fail to pay their workers their wages, for instance. The question is how involved we get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingsGambit View Post
    This post got me wondering about one verse that has been bothering me for awhile: 2 Timothy 2:4. What relevance do you think this has to Christians today? Were these specific instructions given to Timothy given his role in the fledgling church?

    Clearly God does care about economics. There are warnings in both the Old Testament and in James about wealthy land owners who fail to pay their workers their wages, for instance. The question is how involved we get.
    Since we have to live in this world, I would think we have to be concerned with money. The more we have the more we can help our families and others. I think the thing to watch for would be greed. The bible is against that.

    There was also the parable of the talents, where those that earned more or invested were praised while the one who buried it was chastised. I know the point of the parable wasn't money, it was just used as an example, but the principal seems to be: Use what you have to get more, whether gifts or money, so you can benefit yourself and others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingsGambit View Post
    This post got me wondering about one verse that has been bothering me for awhile: 2 Timothy 2:4. What relevance do you think this has to Christians today? Were these specific instructions given to Timothy given his role in the fledgling church?

    Clearly God does care about economics. There are warnings in both the Old Testament and in James about wealthy land owners who fail to pay their workers their wages, for instance. The question is how involved we get.
    A soldier stays involved with duty related to the war.

    Part of our warfare is alleviating suffering in the world.

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