Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi had a simple, but compelling way to stress the fundamentals of the game. He gathered his players, held up a football, and said, "Men, this is a football."
Similarly, Christian author and teacher R.C. Sproul, Jr. told CBN News Anchor Lee Webb that he believes it's time to return to the basics when it comes to economics.
"When we're left arguing about whether or not we should have a marginal tax rate of 45 percent or 48 percent, and the conservative is stuck arguing for the 45 percent we've had an insufficient reformation in our thinking," Sproul said.
In the Beginning
Sproul believes that reformation will happen only when we return to scripture to see what God has to say about economics. That's why he produced a video series called "Economics for Everybody." It's a compelling, even entertaining approach to a topic many find boring.
Sproul admits the Bible is not an economics textbook. But it does say plenty. He begins with the beginning.
"The first and most basic economic principle that we really need to grasp is simply this: God owns everything," Sproul said.
That's because He created everything and He gave man the responsibility to take care of it, much like a foreman does for a landowner.
Even after the fall, the "Creation Mandate" remains in effect: to be fruitful, multiply, and take dominion of the earth.
"Who God is determines all of economics," Sproul said.
Darwinian vs. Christian Economics
In the series, Sproul examines two competing worldviews: Christianity and the atheistic worldview expressed in Darwin's theory of evolution.
Both views have a profound influence on economics.
"In the Darwinian perspective stuff just happens. It just appears. And if stuff just appears, then that means wealth just appears," he explained. "And if it does, it certainly makes a whole lot more sense to say, well, let's just divide it. Let's just make it equal."
"If, however, if how much is produced is related to how much I work, then all of a sudden, property rights become clear," he said. "And they're central to so much of what God has to say about economics."
A culture that embraces a Christian worldview also embraces God's law. Sproul maintains each of the Ten Commandments contain fundamental economic principles, not just the one on stealing.
"How about 'Honor thy father and mother.' How is that an economic principle?" Webb asked.
"God says about this commandment, if you keep this commandment, it will go well for you in the land," he explained. "It recognizes that wealth is cumulative in a family. It builds on the principle of consuming less than we produce."
"I hate to sound like the president, but we didn't build this. Our fathers did and our grandfathers did and our great grandfathers did," he continued. "And we need to be grateful to them, we need to honor them by protecting those things."
Source: CBN News | Lee Webb