We hear much discussion these days on the subject of the economy. Why is our economy in the doldrums and what needs to be done to restore our once-prosperous business and job climate? Are the problems merely cyclical or are they systemic?

As a Christian, I believe the Bible reveals truths about the nature of man which speak to these basic economic issues.

The Bible declares quite adamantly, “The heart of man is more deceitful than anything else and desperately sick — who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). The New Testament reiterates this essential, though humbling truth about human nature: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). If it is true that human nature is fallen and selfish (i.e. “desperately sick”) then some forms of economic theory or economic models will never work.

When I lived in England as a Ph.D. student, I was visited during my first fortnight in the country by a fellow student seeking to sign me up for the Socialist Club. In some wonderment I asked him, “Why would you think I would want to join the Socialist Club?” He responded, “Well, I’ve been told you are a Christian minister, and if you are you would have to be a Socialist.”

I responded that if I am a Christian who believes the Bible is the truth, I couldn’t be a Socialist and be intellectually consistent.

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