Economics has been called the dismal science and today we have no lack of evidence for that accusation. One has only to turn on the evening news (or shop for about anything) to know that something is seriously amiss.
Every new day brings word of some new economic calamity somewhere in the world. Greece is on the verge of default, faith in all fiat currency is faltering, another bank is begging for a taxpayer bail out. Fear and uncertainty are in the air.
Just this week, Spain is admitting it is expecting a bail out from EU central planners. Greece is worse, though a new bailout is in the works. Ireland also has huge debt problems, but these are so small relative to Spain and Italy.
Everybody talks about it, but nobody knows what to do about it. Everybody can recognize the problems, few can accurately identify the root causes, and nobody can demonstrate a viable solution. The talking heads drone on and on. Droll assurances from the big bankers are wearing thin. Everybody assures us that the Economy is improving — just slowly.
It never occurs to most that a theological principle could lie at the heart of an economic problem. As noted in our last post, the Church today has deferred the rule of Christ to a future millennium. This gives the economic manipulators a completely open field. [see previous post (puppets, puppeteers, clueless public)]
More people are recognizing it is the moral, religious, and legal environment that drives the motivation for a productive, instead of a lazily consumptive economy. Nonetheless, the majority in both Church and State today, are convinced that Christ never intended to press His authority until He “returns” and His Kingdom begins.
MYTH: The kingdom of Christ has been delayed until after His Second Coming.
The implications of this myth are profound in the area of economics. If men think Christ, as Divine Emperor, is not yet defining crime and punishment – they will be subject to whatever arbitrary laws men in power manage to enforce.
That is getting to be a scary prospect, as the current power brokers appear to lack a basic understanding of cause and effect in matters of the economy. After a careful examination, MythBusters identified at least five economic factors that are severely affected.
The Economic Implications of The Kingdom Delayed
1) Inflation. Without the moral compass of Biblical law, we are left at the mercy of the Majority and/or the Manipulators to increase our money supply. Simple inflation should cause wages to rise with costs, but instead, we are getting an increase in costs above wages.
2) Money: A generation after the Christian minority abandoned the theology that Christ was the head of Civil Government — the banking sector began pretending they were the Creator (of money, at least). The Civil War Greenback began the drive to disconnect measure and substance from Quantity in our money system (which is all we’ve had for over 40 years).
People are ever-so-gradually recognizing that there is no dollar or Euro, that these “things” are imaginary, and beneficial only to a corrupt banking system as a means to acquire title and control over the land and labor of the people and their civil governments.
3) Property Rights. We are bitterly discovering that we have abdicated property rights in our own labor and property-we-trade-for-our-work – for the bait-and-switch promises of the Corporation of our national government. That bankrupt Corporation can only give what it first steals from others.
4) Central Control. Our highest civil officials perpetrate and promote legal theft and murder on a grand scale. The populace appears to be blind to it, and dumb when it comes to protest. Our trust in their protection is denied by their attempts to take away our ability to defend ourselves (gun control), Meantime, Homeland Security and the Social Security administrations are ordering hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition.
5) Debt. ”Freedom is everybody’s banner, yet we voluntarily enslave ourselves through government deficits, personal debt, accepting debt-based “money”, and begging the US Govt to restrict “the other guy’s freedom” so that we can enjoy benefits at our neighbor’s expense.
The Biblical Impossibility of The Kingdom Delayed
The Bible doesn’t leave room for this kind of thinking. John the forerunner of Jesus, as well as the Messiah Himself, assumed that the Kingdom was engaging, even as they spoke. Here are a few of the many verses which verify that the kingdom is now:
Mark 1:14 — Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “ The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Luke 9:27 — But I say to you truthfully, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”
Matt. 26:64 — Jesus said to him, “ You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you,hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
Daniel 2:44 — In the days of those kings [Rome] the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.
The Bible certainly allows for a culture to chose laws and morals by the will of the People, but what they cannot chose or control is the consequences of those arbitrary actions. Why should one mere man, or any group of men – have any more ethical authority to define law than some other man or group of men?
When Eve presumed the right to define good and evil based on her own standard of knowledge she introduced the reign of hell on earth. Christ with His death and resurrection replaced that with the gradually increasing reign of heaven on earth: “It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and threw into his own garden; and it grew and became a tree….” (Lk. 13:19).
Case Closed: God has driven us into a corner. Man is running out of options and out of time. His only hope is submission to Christ in every realm of existence, including the economic. Ideas have consequences and what man believes about the future determines how he acts in the present.
MythBusters concludes that man as an economic actor will act according to his faith. If he believes the Majority controls the future, he will naturally gravitate toward pleasing the majority. But if he recognizes the Lord Christ as Lawgiver, Judge, and Emperor in the present, he will more likely be guided by the realities of Christ’s final evaluation when He brings the down the curtain on Human History.