God and Money


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What happens when a theologian crosses paths with an economist? It sounds like a bad joke. But the question is pertinent, considering that a new book is on the horizon which combines clear theology with sound economic principles.

One of the benefits of attending ETS in Milwaukee was hearing Wayne Grudem defend this thesis: “God does not require or even authorize the state to redistribute wealth–except for a welfare safety net.”  Dr. Grudem offered the session as a preview to an upcoming book. He has already sent the manuscript to the publishers so watch for the book in 2013.

Grudem’s basic outline is so practical that it is difficult to see how anyone can miss the point, but, of course, our last election is Exhibit 1A in the evidence room against such practicality in economics. Grudem asserts first that the power of government is great and therefore exceptionally dangerous. The government bears the power of the sword and can coerce its will on its citizens.

Second, Grudem explains that the government is expected to fulfill several functions, but wealth distribution is not among them.  Punishing evil, promoting good order, and establishing justice (not fairness) is among the important tasks of government, while equalizing income and property have no place in government function.

Third, Grudem shows that the Bible expects private property ownership, not communal government property. Individuals are to own the land and thus possess the wealth of a nation. Governments must be held in check so that the “king” does not exact the wealth from his people.

Fourth, Grudem demonstrates how justice is concerned with a standard of righteousness–not with counting coins to make sure everyone has the same amount. The government should prevent crime and enforce contracts, but it should not take money from some to buy votes from others and thus to keep all in subjection.

Grudem’s work is timely (as always). The book should be a very helpful resource when it arrives. In the meantime, Grudem suggests a book by Jay Richards: Money, Greed, and God.

For Consideration


How did we get from an America of fierce individualism and personal responsibility to an America of handouts and government control?  Temptation.  That’s the argument Paul Rahe makes here.

Obama’s School Speech


If you haven’t read Dr. Mohler’s commentary on the school speech by President Obama, then you owe it to yourself to check out this blog post from him.  I find this post to be the best balanced article yet concerning the controversy.  He really did a nice job.

Hidden Victims of Obamacare


Socializing (or governmentalizing) healthcare is a bad idea.  It’s just simply bad.  It undoes responsibility.  It rewards slothfulness and punishes productivity (just listen to how doctors are now being vilified).  The plan, as it stands presently, will also hurt lots of folks both financially and medically.  This piece in the Wall Street Journal exposes some of the fallout which will occur if a government healthcare system is passed.  See if you will be one of the victims.

Courage Over Cowardice


Out of fear, Communists (and Socialists) must control you.  They cannot allow your freedom to threaten their “good” plans for you.  A very brave Le Thi Cong Nhan risked her life to speak freely of her faith in Christ.  For that courage, she has been put into prison in Communist Vietnam.  She has been in prison for 2 years, with 2 more to go, plus 3 years of supervised probation after that.  Read her story here, and pray for her.

 

Bloated Cow’s Milk


I have not commented thus far on the ridiculous notion of Obama’s “stimulus” package.  I don’t want to confuse anyone about the importance of the gospel.  Truly, the gospel and the work of the kingdom transcend politics.  We are about to be railroaded into socialism, and socialism is not good for anyone (except those in power); it certainly is not good for Christian believers.  So, here goes a comment on the bloated bill from Obama.

Not only is this bill a bloated cow from which democratic cronies alone can get milk (folks like Acorn and Planned Parenthood), but the bill truly is a huge step toward socialism in America.  I mean this comment both fiscally and authoritatively.  Fiscally, as I said, the bill will be a stimulus only if you depend on the government.  For everyone else, the bill is a de-stimulating, oppressive mess of government intervention.

Even more to the point of faith, however, this bill (as is often true w/ big government money) is targeted against Christians.  There is a provision in the bill which says you can spend billions at your university only if the buildings do not allow religious worship services.  Senator DeMint attempted to amend this section of the bill, but the democrats voted down his amendment; discrimination is still in the bill against people of faith. 

I have linked here an action forum from Newt Gingrich and the American Family Association.  You can contact your senators and congressmen and ask them to oppose such pathetic politicking and covert socialism.  If that first link doesn’t work, try this one.

Impact of Obama’s Socialism


Andrew McCarthy has been doing quite a bit of research into the policies being proposed by Barack Obama.  In this article he demonstrates why such policies would have a disastrous impact on the American economy and values.

Is fundamental change on its way?  Is it what America needs?  Odinga’s work in Kenya might give a clue as to whether we really need the kind of change Obama’s bringing.

Is Obama a Socialist?


Although Christians are known by the love they show toward one another, they have not historically favored socialism or communism as their preferred mode of government.  Christians give generously, but they do not think the government ought to make them give.  The government ought not force people to donate time and money.  Government mandated giving is socialist and oppressive.  History is replete with examples of socialism’s failures.  Yet, we must now ask, “Is America on the verge of voting itself into socialistic oppression?”

 

In addition to the Powerline Blog reports about Obama’s affiliation with the Democratic Socialists and the probability that he ran as a member of the socialist New Party in Illinois (see here), there is also a well-researched article from Investor’s Business Daily which details Obama’s “Universal Volunteer Service” plan.  According to the article, Obama’s plan wreaks of socialist ideas which have already gone bad in places like Russia.  From the article,

In talking about his national service, Obama, the man who seems to be running for “community organizer in chief,” also made this startling statement:

“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

This is an idea worthy of Hugo Chavez.

A Civilian National Security Force? Who will fund it?  Joe the Plumber, no doubt.