What is the moral high ground in economics? We are constantly bombarded by the Marxist rhetoric of redistribution of income. It is watered down and disguised but all this talk about how rich people are evil is part of the Communist desire to put all wealth in the hands of the state and their elite cronies and make it impossible for the average citizen to accumulate wealth.
Some wolves wearing the sheep’s mantle of being Christian thinkers will go along with this idea. As someone said, “You can prove anything you want out of the Bible.” It cannot be done honestly but it can be done. One of their favorites pushing Communism is,
(Act 2:44 KJV) And all that believed were together, and had all things common;They totally ignore such things as,
(Gen 25:10 KJV) The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.There are many references to owning property and doing business in the Bible. When there is a problem it is not with the concept of making a profit but cheating or defrauding in order to benefit.
C.S. Lewis makes this observation in a chapter called “Social Morality”,
“There is one bit of advice given to us by the ancient heathen Greeks, and by the Jews of the Old Testament, and by the great Christian teachers of the Middle Ages. All these people told us not to lend money at interest; and lending money at interest - what we call investment - is the basis of our whole system.” p. 85He goes on and discusses that this might be just the private money lenders that would squeeze the poor. I think he is right is that because of Jesus and His parable of the talents. Toward the end he says this,
(Mat 25:27 KJV) Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.I would not build a doctrinal statement on this but it does have something to say about investing at interest.
Our current version of capitalism may conflict with Christianity but like the Bible comments on wealth it isn’t the system of joint-stock investments but the willingness of people who use the system to enrich themselves while adding nothing. I think of terms I have heard such as “corporate raiders” and “hostile takeovers” and such. What they do may be legal but it is not moral.
As always, don’t just take the word of gurus. Do your own reading and thinking. Everything cannot be explained in a twenty second sound bite.
Lewis, C.S. Mere Christianity. Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 2002.
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