Friday, December 11, 2009

Free-Market Parables?

As you may remember a few months ago I wrote about the so-called Conservative Bible Project. Well, recently Conservapedia's Andy Schlafly was on The Colbert Report, and near the end he says that all of Jesus' parables were "free-market based."

Now I'm no theologian, but I always thought the parable of the talents is about using the gifts God gave you. And I can't see much capitalism in any of His other parables. I mean, you could say that since Jesus talked about the Church, not the government, providing for the poor, His parables could be considered "free-market based." But the free-market isn't the point of the parables. Jesus' parables are illustrations for the Kingdom of God, which transcends all market systems. Besides, didn't Jesus throw money exchangers out of the temple? A good capitalist would simply say, "Keep up the good work, boys!"

Now don't think I'm suggesting that Jesus was a socialist or anything like that. I've said it before and I'll say it again: God is not a liberal, a conservative, a libertarian, a socialist, etc. He's God, period. Let's leave it like that.

1 comment:

  1. This is a subject I find very interesting. While I think citing Jesus' parables to prove that God favors economic liberty (ie capitalism) is a stretch, I do not subscribe to the belief that we should not try to determine what political stances God would have us take.

    While we all should approach the issue with humility, if we believe that God is sovereign over all creation, doesn't that include politics? Therefore, why not approach political issues by considering them within a Biblical worldview? You and I may come to different conclusions about whether God would have us support or oppose some piece of legislation or system of government, but certainly God does come down on one side of the issue and we should do our best to figure out what that position is.

    Again, let's approach this issue with humility, as sinful people we are bound to come to erroneous conclusions on this issue, but I don't doubt that God is either a liberal, conservative, liberatarian, or socialist, or some combination of these.