Jesus and Adam Smith
From American Vision:
What would Jesus have done if confronted with the new technology [of horseless carriages]? Would He have endorsed the mass production of the automobile when it was first introduced to the American public knowing that it was a polluter? Actually, Jesus would have said little. He would have allowed common sense and market forces to determine how the new technology would be used.
This troubles me. Jesus was not a Republican, much less a free-market fiscal conservative. Neither, of course, was Jesus a Democrat. Though He cared for the poor, it was more important that “the poor have good news preached to them” (Mt 11:4).
This doesn’t mean the Bible has nothing to say about economics. Far from it. But it does mean that we ought to be careful claiming Jesus for our causes. “You thought you that I was one like yourself” (Ps 50:20), God told Israel. Israel was wrong.
During my five years as a research assistant in the BJU Library I read thousands of articles, and I ran into a bunch of causes people had enlisted God for. I began keeping a “God told me to do it” file. Enjoy: