The other day I was thinking of how the world system of greed is ingrained in the American culture (sometimes called the “American Dream”) through the use of the tenets of capitalism. Think about it, if it wasn’t for greed capitalism wouldn’t work nearly as good as it has for over 250 years. Yet, capitalism, for a Christian, can be extremely toxic to one’s faith of trusting in Christ alone. Fast forward… I then saw the video posted below from a Mr. Friedman on the Donahue show from some years ago. I found his analysis penetrating and convincing in regard to the system we have is the best thus far in the history of the world. Now, how does this mesh with a Biblical worldview? Is capitalism the best we can hope for and does it use a type of positive greed to promote the greater good? In a day of rising socialism in the form of “stimulus” I find this subject fascinating. One aspect of this subject I have been considering is how the government is a mechanism used by God by which the Christian can be in a system built on greed (capitalism) and yet not be fundamentally stained by it.
In other words, Christians didn’t create this system, we just abide by its dynamic without the nasty after-taste of getting more for the sake of getting more (a.k.a. idolatry). We “get ahead” through faithfully working for the glory of God and the by-product is being blessed by acquiring wealth through common grace. Our acquiring of wealth is not wrong or intrinsically sinful yet the system in which we attained this wealth is “worldly.” This system is built on the motivating dynamic of greed. I am curious to know your thoughts and to have this explanation/understanding tested through this online community.