Laissez-Faire Must Not Be Lazy but Must Strive to Promote Fairness

Hunter Baker, evangelical economist (with a new Crossway book coming out soon), made some helpful points in this little blog article. His main point is that conservatives shouldn’t be so pro-capitalist that they overlook the effects of the Fall in the market. Here’s an excerpt:

Without Christ this is a world in which the strong will abuse the weak, the rich ignore or exploit the poor, and those with authority seek advantages for themselves as they exercise their power. We know these things both from the Scriptures and from examining our own hearts.

If our cultural critique is to have integrity, we must simultaneously respect the market and call the corporate sector to righteousness in its business dealings.

From FIRST THINGS: On the Square » Evangelicals and Economics: Reflections of a Conservative Protestant

Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.

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