Sunday, October 25, 2020

Christian Politics Part 11: Economy



Christian Politics

Part 11: Economy

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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Over the last few weeks, we have discussed the following issues and shown where the bible stands.

Ø  Jesus, if a U.S. Citizen, would vote in elections to fulfill citizenship duties

Ø  What about the matters of life and death?

o   Healthcare – Miracles, modern medicine & personal control over decisions (not government/insurance/doctor control)


o   Suicide & Euthanasia – for reasons other than defense of self, family, property or country, the intentional killing of one’s self, or another is murder, and wrong according to God.


o   Abortion & Stem Cells – Abortion too is the intentional killing of an innocent, and considered murder since scripture show that life truly begins at the moment of conception when God begins to knit you in the womb where He also names you.

Ø  Crime and punishment and how the Lord would approve of the death penalty for certain offenses

Ø  War, defense, and national security

Ø  Guns and matters of defense

Ø  Immigration and matters of national security

Ø  Marriage

Ø  Education

Ø  Economy

Ø  Green Values

Today we are talking about the economy and type of government we have.


For decades there has been a big push/pull towards Socialism. The utopian dream that everyone has (regardless of your personal contribution) and no one ever goes without.


As we all know, this is an impossible dream because humankind is corrupt.


As George Orwell wrote in his allegorical novella ‘Animal Farm’, “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”


There are various government types, each with its own unique economic engine to keep it operating. China is the perfect example of how a Socialist government cannot survive.


As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Baroness Margaret Thatcher once said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”


Deng Xiaoping broke dramatically with Maoist ideology and the Maoist variant of socialism. Since then, China has been transformed. Forty years ago, in 1978, China was unquestionably a socialist economy of the familiar and well-studied "command economy" variant.


Twenty years ago--that is, by the late 1990s--China had completely discarded this type of socialism and was moving decisively to a market economy. Why? Because they were running out of money.



China today is quite different both from the command economy of 40 years ago. Throughout these enormous changes, China has always officially claimed to be socialist.


• In Socialism, if you have two cows, the government takes one cow and gives it to your neighbor.


• In Fascism, if you have two cows, the government takes both cows and sells you the milk.


• In Nazism, if you have two cows, the government takes both cows, and then shoots you.


• In a Bureaucracy, if you have two cows, the government takes both cows, shoots one, milks the other, and then pours the milk down the drain.


• In Capitalism, if you have two cows, you sell one of them and buy a bull so you can have more cows.


• In a Democracy, everyone has two cows, a vote is taken, and whatever the majority decides to do, you do, whether you want to or not.


Many people refer to the U.S. as a democracy, however, we are a Constitutional Republic, and the two are very different!


As far as our economy in the U.S., we are Capitalists.


As a constitutional Republic, we have made it into the top 7 longest lasting systems of government in history!


1.      Pandyan Empire in India - It was dominated by trade and was extremely wealthy due to agriculture and control of fisheries and pearl beds. Capitalist Economy.


2.      Byzantine Empire in Rome - It had a strong agricultural and trade-based economy.


3.      Silla in Korea - exported gold/silver handiworks and ginseng to Tang and imported books, chinaware, satin silk fabric, clothes, and craftwork products. Goods from Central Asia were introduced to Silla, and traders from that region paid visits to Silla via the Silk Road and sea routes.


4.      Ethiopian Empire in Africa - has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and is Africa's second most populous country. Many properties owned by the government during the previous regime have now been privatized and are in the process of privatization.


5.      Roman Empire (lasted 500 years) - Agriculture and trade dominated Roman economic fortunes.


6.      San Marino (415 years) - free-market economy focused around industries such as tourism, banking and the manufacture of ceramics, clothing, fabrics, furniture, paints, spirits, tiles, and wine. Taken together, the manufacturing and financial sector.


7.      United States of America (244 years) – 2nd in purchasing power parity (China now #1) As of now the U.S. IS the worlds largest economy, however China is catching up fast and will eventually pass us if steps are not taken.


So it is evident that the economy is KEY to the longevity of a nation, and therefore it is important for us to know how God expects us to operate it.



Acts 4:32-37


“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.


36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.”


                  I.            WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT WORK

a.      Work is not a curse or a result of Adams sin

                                                                         i.      Some believe work is the punishment doled out by God to Adam in Genesis, However, work was ordained by God BEFORE the fall!

                                                                      ii.      “The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” Genesis 2:15

                                                                   iii.      Therefore, work is good and ordained by God. It was something that God commanded Adam to do prior to the fall. Work is not a curse.

                                                                    iv.      Work DID become a burden after the fall when God cursed the ground.

                                                                       v.      And so, work is honorable, it is good, and it is right. However, after the fall, work became aggravated, hard, difficult, and even painful.



b.     Sin is passive and sometimes subtle

                                                                         i.      Because sin is so pervasive, and because work is impacted by the effects of the fall, some people find ways not to work. The apostle Paul makes it clear about what is to happen to those who will not work. He wrote to the Thessalonians, “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat” 2 Thessalonians 3:10


                                                                      ii.      This does not refer to people who are unable to work. Clearly, there are people who are unable to work due to illness, infirmity, or some other genuine inability. Paul’s command, however, does refer to people who are unwilling to work. If a person is unwilling to work due to laziness, sloth, or sin, then he should not eat.




                                                                         i.      I often have people contact me as the pastor of a church for financial aid or support. I have had requests for everything from help with my medication costs to money for Subway.


                                                                      ii.      Over the years it is sometimes hard to determine whether someone is unable or unwilling to work, or if they just need a little assistance to get them by until they can get back on their feet.


                                                                   iii.      Time is a teacher, and eventually you can tell by the requests and behavior of those asking what their intentions and abilities truly are.

                                                                    iv.      When is doubt, I err to the side of giving.


                                                                       v.      Most of the time my giving comes from my own pocket, and not that of the church. I feel the funds collected to run the church are for members and believers, and if we are to help others a special collection should be taken separate from the operating needs of our church.


                                                                    vi.      When a man came for help and I gave him a job, he worked at first, then slowly pulled away until he was finally arrested for breaking and entering a home where he stole a coin collection.


1.      This man was able, just unwilling. Wanting handouts as opposed to working to fulfill his needs.




a.      God owns everything

                                                                         i.      He created the universe and everything in it. He is the supreme owner of all things. And so the Psalmist says, “The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” Psalm 24:1


                                                                      ii.      When God gave the Israelites the land of Canaan as an inheritance, he said, “The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine” (Leviticus 25:23). This made the Israelites stewards of God’s land, just as Adam was a steward in the garden of Eden.


                                                                   iii.      God wants us to understand that he owns everything. We are simply stewards of what rightly belongs to God. This applies not only to property, but also to time, talents, and treasure. Everything belongs to God, and we are simply stewards of what he has entrusted to us.


                                                                    iv.      Now there are some who say that America needs to abandon its commitment to a free market system and move toward a more socialist system. Some of our politicians don’t say it quite so blatantly, but if you decode their terms, that is what they mean.


                                                                       v.      Some, who are more biblically knowledgeable, point to Acts 4:32-37 and argue that the Bible itself teaches a form of socialism.



b.     But, I want you to notice a number of points in Acts 4:32-37.

                                                                         i.      First, the right to private property is upheld. Barnabas, we are told in Acts 4:37a, “sold a field that belonged to him.” It is clear that Barnabas owned the field; it was his to sell. Even the statement earlier in the passage, “and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own” (Acts 4:32), indicates that the people owned their possessions.


                                                                      ii.      Second, the action to sell was voluntary. There was no coercion. No one was forced or required to sell anything. God had moved upon the people’s hearts in such a way that they recognized that everything they had belonged to God, that they were stewards, and that they were glad to use it in any way that would further the grace of God.


                                                                   iii.      Third, the money was given to the church and not to the state. Barnabas “brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet” (Acts 4:37b). This is so clear that I don’t understand why people think that this text supports modern state socialism. The church, and not the state, was the recipient of Barnabas’ gifts.


                                                                    iv.      And finally, this spontaneous giving was never repeated elsewhere. The apostle Paul constantly stirred up God’s people in other places (such as those in Corinth) to give to the support of God’s work. However, there was never anything that required God’s people to give their possessions to the church (or to the state, for that matter). And God most certainly did not command it.


                                                                       v.      The Bible simply does not endorse a socialistic economy. It teaches that we are to work in order to produce goods and services that will benefit our families and others as well.



c.      What does the Bible teach about economy?

                                                                         i.      There are different ways for the government to support a biblical approach to the economy. That would include allowing people freedom to work, earn a living, and own their own property.

                                                                      ii.      However, I am concerned about our sinful propensity to move away from work towards laziness.


                                                                   iii.      Karl Marx once said, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” By that he meant that those who had more, pay more to fund those who had less. Frankly, this is inherently wrong. The Bible teaches a flat tax system. All Israelites were required to tithe. Whether rich or poor, all were required to pay the same percentage on their wealth.




a.      Jesus said, “For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me” Matthew 26:11

                                                                         i.      There will always be poor people. And the Bible is clear that we are to help them. The passage we looked at in Acts 4 is a description of a poor church. They were being cut off from their Jewish family and friends, and the Roman government was not at all sympathetic to any religious problems. So, there was a great deal of poverty. The church is to help those in need.



b.     The Church is the instrument by which God’s love is to be shared with those in need.

                                                                         i.      Government welfare programs often help people who are unwilling to work to remain dependent upon it. The Church rather than the Government is in a better position to help those who are poor and genuinely needy



c.      It is NOT the governments place to help the needy, it is the church’s

                                                                         i.      When we allow the government to help with socialist programs, “free” (at taxpayers’ expense) handouts, etc… then the people turn to their government for their salvation.


1.      This is how North Korea operates for loyalty


2.      Taking young boys from poor suffering starving families and raising them by the state with clothes, food, shelter, and military training so they become the most loyal soldiers to the government.


                                                                      ii.      If the Church would do its part to help the poor and needy, then those too would turn to the Lord for salvation and would be loyal to Jesus.


                                                                   iii.      This begins with forgiveness of sins, “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven--as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little." Luke 7:47



CONCLUSION – How would Jesus vote on the economy?


So, how would Jesus vote?


I believe Jesus would vote for a politician that promoted work, private property ownership, limited government, a low and flat tax, and church-sponsored programs to help the poor.


I also believe that Jesus would vote against anything that places government socialist programs in place, such as government operated healthcare where the government makes decisions of life and death, welfare where the government decides whether or not you can work, or how much you can make, or penalizes you for marriage, rewards you for living single but having children, I also believe Jesus would vote against social security, which if the government forcing you to give them money to invest for you, but controls when or if you get it back.


Did you know you give Social Security money throughout your life, but they control your money!


·        If you claim SS early you could lose up to $500,000 in lifetime benefits.

·        Also, if you claim too late you lose benefits as well because you do not know when you will die.

·        Also, if you earn income during retirement you can lose your benefits, even though it is your money!

·        Also, if a wife is receiving her husband’s benefits (HIS MONEY) she cannot remarry without losing those benefits!!!!

I believe Jesus would not want Social Security, and would expect you to invest in your OWN retirement, not allow a socialist program controlled by the government to take your money and keep it hostage to control you and your life!

There are many scriptures where Jesus tells us to invest and make a profit on our investments. If we are to truly live our lives, we need to be free from Government control!



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