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Monday, February 17, 2014

Beyond Socialism and Capitalism

Genesis 20: 3-6 NLT

You must not have any other god but me.

You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.

It is easy to make an idol of routine, finding security within the boundaries you build around your life. (Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, page 50).

There are two principal habitual approaches to life—either one of which can become routines of idol entrapment. One is competition, the other is cooperation. To habitually engage the world in only one or the other greatly impoverishes life. For socialism, the great Trojan horse undercutting existence is the habitual routine of cooperation, while for capitalism it is competition. Socialism must pro-actively seek to balance cooperation with competition, and capitalism must embed within its system a good measure of cooperation. In successful practice both approaches inevitably share a common perch formed of highly moderated routines.

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