Chad Hovind, senior pastor at Horzion Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, found that many Christians were unsure about what God says about economics and personal finance; so he decided to write a book called “Godonomics” to inform believers and correct the myths. In an interview with the Blaze, Hovind shares some of the same important information in the book.
Hovind, who says he was frustrated that many Christians ” had been brainwashed into thinking that Jesus was a socialist or Marxist,” also says that “Jesus was no more a Marxist than a murderer.”
He contrasts the view that Jesus was a Marxist or socialist with his strongly pro-capitalist view:
‘Godonomics’ brings liberty, productivity, and generosity to an individual, a family, and a nation. Entrepreneurship and capitalism is not just a good idea, it’s God’s idea. Capitalism is the free exchange of privately held goods and services. The Ten Commandments talk about private property … and liberty is mentioned from Genesis to Revelation: “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” and “Proclaim Liberty unto all the land.”
When it comes to the realm of personal finance, Hovind offers a simple formula: “Produce, Profit, Save, Invest, and Give in contrast to Consume, Borrow, and Enslave to Credit.” He talks about how his sixteen year old bought her own car, and his fourteen year old started his own video production business. It is not just principles for adult finances but also for raising children who think in a godly and wise way about money.
Regarding US finances, Hovind debunks the notion that capitalism=greed and socialism=generosity. He states: “When folks think Christianity endorses socialism, I wonder if they’ve ever read the Bible or studied history.” On the national debt, he quotes Deuteronomy 25, which says “You will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow; and you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule over you.” God had early on linked the connection between debt and loss of freedom, a connection Hovind states our country has ignored now that it is in debt to the tune of $17 trillion dollars.
Hovind presents a positive view of capitalism, profits, and entrepreneurship that contrasts sharply with the common notion that Jesus would have opposed the free market.
What do you think? Have you encountered those who think Jesus would have opposed free market capitalism if He had been around today?
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom