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Economics has consequences

A few months ago, I reviewed the curriculum, “Economics for Everybody,” a thoroughly biblical study of economics.  Now the publishers have condensed the 12 hours of video presentations by R.C. Sproul, Jr into a two-hour long presentation called “Economics Has Consequences.” It is being streamed for free on Youtube and Vimeo for this month only. (You can also buy the DVD or download version on sale now for $10 and $8 respectively.)

Most Americans are woefully uneducated when it comes to economic issues, and Christians are generally just as ignorant as our fellow countrymen. We all have opinions about what should be done by government or by individuals, but few people can articulate why. And still fewer Christians ask, “What is the biblical perspective?”

This two-hour video will challenge you to begin to think thoroughly and biblically about pressing economic questions facing our nation.  If you’re so inclined, you can download the free ebook Lessons for the Young Economist or even study the longer curriculum.

A couple of quotes that caught my attention (which may not be 100% accurate, but pretty close.)

“The glory of the market is that it’s a system built around how God made us.”

“We want to be pushing towards liberty because we understand that economic liberty and religious liberty are intricately linked.”

And then I had to go make dinner, so I couldn’t capture any others. But really, this is an engaging presentation, broken into sections if you think you can’t handle two hours of economics.  The subject matter is presented with clear language, relevant examples, and quirky vintage film footage.
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This is a decidedly free-market, pro-liberty approach to economics backed up by both facts and the Bible.  I believe it’s a needed first step in thinking about the Church and economics, and Dr. Sproul does suggest actions at the end of the presentation.  However, I think it’s imperative that we don’t stop with merely learning about economics. One of the things that struck me when listening to this is that as government has grown, the Church’s execution of her mission has shrunk. Her actual mission–what she’s called to do– has remained the same: to go and preach the gospel, feed the poor, heal the sick, set the captive free. If the church has become overly introspective and insular, it may because so much of the “going into to world” work we used to do is now the purview of the government.  Our muscles have atrophied, and we are weak. That being said, we do not need to wait for the government to return to its proper limits to expand to ours. But in order to act biblically, we must think biblically. So let’s start here.

Incidentally, Compass Cinema is quickly becoming one of my favorite curriculum producers. They also produce Visual Latin. In addition to the excellent quality of material, I love the fact that they offer sample lessons. More curriculum publishers could learn from them.  They’ve got a new History program that I’m checking out now.



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