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  • Friday, July 31, 2009

    Ask Pastor Jim - Christian Democracy Capitalism

    Question: Democracy = Christianity = Capitalism

    Do you agree or disagree and why?


    Answer: This is a very thought provoking question. At first glance it appears an easy equation to follow. Admittedly, being raised in the USA in a Christian home, I am more comfortable with this formula than if I would have grown up in another part of the world.

    However, when we start equating a form of government with a religion that leads to a financial system, we can easily miss the bigger picture. Christianity supersedes culture—thank God it does. The Christian Church was born under Roman rule which was not democratic at all. Still, the Church flourished as the message of Jesus spread throughout the known world.

    Certainly, Christianity has elements that are reinforced by democratic thinking. For example, we accept Christ as individuals. At the same time scripture indicates that the Philippian Jailer and his entire household were saved. Here Christianity cooperates with culture to bring salvation to the group.

    I believe in Capitalism-it has allowed North America to achieve incredible levels of prosperity. However, Acts 4 records how the early Christians sold their possessions to support one another—not a capitalistic idea but one that met the needs of early Followers.

    I believe Christianity is conducive to Democracy and Capitalism but is not limited or constrained by them. So, I disagree with the formula presented.

    Pastor Jim
    July 31, 2009

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    John A. Calgary said...

    My early days in Germany had a dramatic slogan "Capitalismus weg Facismus". Draw from it what you will but I enjoyed the sermon of the three who were given money where the one who buried his money and did nothing with it was deemed unworthy. Good job he didn't invest in Nortel? John A. Calgary