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Letter: Biblical economics teaches capitalism

It seems that some religious leaders claim to know the Faith, however teach things controversial to Biblical Principal. Proverbs clearly teaches us the Biblical principal of Capitalism, "The hand of the diligent will rule, but the lazy man will be put to forced labor" 12:24. "He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich" 10:4 "The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty" 21:5. "The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, But diligence is man's precious possession" 12:27 "He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great destroyer" 18:9.

Capitalism is found strongly throughout the entire Scripture, communism is found in a few passages, when they are misinterpreted. My Pastor recently talked about Leviticus 19, where God commanded the property owners to leave the corners of their land when they reap their harvest. The corners were commanded to be left for the poor and the stranger. However, what people forget to acknowledge is that the poor and the stranger had to go harvest the corners, or they had nothing. Capitalism creates an economy where a business must serve the people to prosper, which is found in Proverbs 21:5; and it creates an economy where those who will work diligently will be successful and prosperous.

You say it is blasphemous to say God would take from the lazy and poor man, and that God always sides with the poor. I say it is blasphemous to think God would prosper the poor man due to his lack of diligence. "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" 2 Timothy 2:15. God condemns laziness, not poor, not rich, but laziness. God has not set Himself against the rich, only those who have placed their faith in riches. The Bible constantly warns against the "deceitfulness of riches"; however, it constantly promises us prosperity and riches when we seek God first and put our faith in Him.

"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work" 2 Cor. 9:8 How, Mr. McNair, can we have an abundance for every good work, if we are not personally prospering? What is "all sufficiency in all things" if it is not prospering? I need to keep my wife and child clothed, fed, and sheltered, or the Bible tells me I have denied the faith, and am worse than a heathen; "But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." I can't possibly fulfill my commandment of providing for my own and have an abundance for every good work if I am not personally prospering. Psalm 112:3 says to the man who fears God, "Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever."

God's plan is for all of us to personally prosper for our enjoyment: "Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment" 1 Timothy 6:17. Although God also prospers us so we can help others meet their needs, we should not be providing for those who are not diligent, and trying to meet their own needs. Would you continue to give a drug addict drugs? Then why do you think we should consider to feed a lazy man the opportunity to be lazy? We should provide for the diligent when they come across hard times.

Jerrod Schultes

Elbow Lake