Is Capitalism a Christian system?
Gov. William Bradford made a poor decision in the early days of what would become the Massachusetts Bay Colony:
He believed that devout Christians would all work together equally for “The Greater Good.”
Collectivism (socialism) failed miserably. Many simply didn’t want to labor to produce food.
In This Episode, We Look At:
Here are a handful of freedoms granted not only in our founding documents, but in Scripture as well.
Freedom: to assemble and of religion—1st Amendment
This is often taken for granted. We have freedom in Christ (Romans 8:2) and we have individual freedoms in this great nation.
Property rights: 5th Amendment to the Constitution
In Acts 4:36-5:1-5, Barnabas “having land, sold it, and gave it”.
It belonged to Barnabas and he could do as he wished. He chose to sell it and give it.
Ananias and Saphira also owned property. Whilst it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power?
Incentive: also demonstrated in the Bible
“…endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”
2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
There exists an incentive to work; there is really no ceiling for income/wealth creation.
Rule of Law: (rather than the authority of man)
“The state cannot grant rights to individuals, since our rights are God-given and hard-wired into us. The role of the state is to protect God-given rights. When the state attempts to overrule God’s rule as the Grantor of rights, it is putting itself in the place of God , which is evil. This is one reason why socialism is a failed economic system. It is also the reason why God opposes socialism and advances the foundations on which capitalism is based.” –Chad Hovind, Godonomics
Today’s Resources and Links:
Godonomics by Chad Hovind
One Thing You Can Do Today to Improve Your Faith and Finances:
Remember these wonderful freedoms afforded to us by our God and these Founding Documents. Exercise them to the glory of God.
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