Why the Market Is a Greater Threat to Freedom Than the Government

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Religion and Economics

Why is the Methodist church promoting socialist economic theory -- or any economic theory? Stick to your Methodist theology, and let us think for ourselves regarding secular issues that are completely out of a church's area of expertise.

Paige Lewis more than 3 years ago

Not compartmentalized

Dear Paige:

Many of us in The United Methodist Church believe that God rules all aspects of human life. This is officially a core theology of The United Methodist Church as adopted by our global lawmaking body, the General Conference.

In The Book of Discipline, our covenantal collection of church laws, and The Book of Resolutions, our statements of conscience, we set standards by which we live out the Christian faith we profess. Both books contain many statements regarding our vision for how God's economy operates in the world, which is not always the way we humans operate our economy. We are constantly holding our actions up to God's standards as expressed through the teachings of Jesus and other prophets.

In other words, we United Methodists believe that there is no division between "sacred" and "secular." All belongs to God, and therefore all is subject to both God's judgment and God's grace through Jesus Christ.

I hope this answers your question of "why."

Cynthia Astle, UM Insight Coordinator

cynthiaadmin (United Methodist Insight) more than 3 years ago

following Jesus and "economy"

The early followers of Jesus lived in community...socialism-or-communism.
The history or Typhoid Mary and the need for pure water illustrate the value of a nation health system. If the poor become sick, others catch the sickness--even the extremely rich people. Everyone needs vaccinations and health care.
Why doesn't Mr. Guyton speak about the boys and young and OLD men who are getting those sophomore girls pregnant? Both sexes need to learn about and practice birth control. Teach it. Honor 'family planning.'

Elsie Gauley Vega more than 3 years ago

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