Money, Greed and God
By Chuck Colson | Christian Post Guest Columnist
… Well-known pastors have asked can capitalism possibly fit into a Christian worldview?
Addressing these questions is my friend Dr. Jay Richards of the Discovery Institute. Jay’s newest book is Money Greed, and God: Why Capitalism is the Solution and Not the Problem.
In the book, Richards begins with the question of economics and worldview. All truth is God’s truth, he writes. And “Being a Christian doesn’t mean you can disregard economic facts.” In other words, economic truths are God’s truth, as well.
But Richards is quick to point out that wealth-creating capitalism requires more than just competition and trading. Beneficial capitalism is founded, he says, on the “rule of law and virtues like cooperation, stable families, self-sacrifice, a commitment to delayed gratification, and a willingness to risk based on future hope. These all,” he adds, “fit nicely with a Christian worldview.”
I don’t want to think about how long I’ve put off posting this column. The Bible doesn’t support capitalism as such, but Scriptural commands regarding private property, fraud & agreements and justice being for poor and rich alike are compatible with capitalism and incompatible with socialism and screw-the-rich populism.