What Does Wall Street Have to Do with Jerusalem?

by Katrina.TuliaoLast week I wrote about Biblical restrictions on the role of government in economics and social policy. This week I continue along the same thread, but with a greater focus on what we Christians can and should advocate as we are involved in government. As before, I want to begin by stating that I do not believe the Bible explicitly endorses or mandates any particular governmental or economic system, but rather that God has expressed a variety of principles in His word that necessarily direct and focus what sort of policies we support. What I intend to demonstrate today is that free-market capitalism is the economic system that is most compatible with Biblical principles. Continue reading

What Does HHS Have to Do with Jerusalem?

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I have previously written about the question of Christians getting involved in government. Today I want to look at how Christians who are involved with government, whether as officials, voters, or lobbyists, should approach certain economic questions. Given that I will be arguing against some much-beloved concepts and programs, it behooves me to start by clarifying what I am not saying. I am not saying that the Bible endorses or forbids and specific economic system. Jesus was not a capitalist, nor was he an anarchist, a conservative, a liberal, a communist, a socialist, a radical, a rebel, or any other contemporary label we might care to apply. Jesus is God, the same yesterday, today, and forever, and to refer to Him by some term that is geared to make him fit in our handy little modern boxes is to diminish him in our sight and in the sight of those who listen to us. Similarly, the Bible is not written for the sake of propping up some political, economic, or scientific agenda. It is what it is, and we need to make our systems bow to it, not the other way around. Continue reading

In and Out

1916 Chevrolet 490 TouringMark stepped out the door to Switzerland. His wife, Lisbeth, remained in the kitchen frying pancakes for breakfast that could be refrigerated and re-heated later.

As she cooked, she was speaking on her phone’s earpiece to her friend Hanna, currently visiting her own husband, Gregory, who worked in Tokyo. He, at just the moment, was on a business trip to London, but he would be back in time for dinner, which preparation currently occupied Hanna.

“I don’t know what to tell you,” Lisbeth spoke inoffensively, though reproach and disagreement veined her remarks on the subject; “maybe getting into trouble is just a part of growing up.” Continue reading

The Lady of the Manner(s)

2014-9-4 Fanny img02Ask nearly any teenage girl who reads fiction why she enjoys her favorite book series, and the answer will likely involve comments about the capability, intelligence and/or general, all-around awesomeness of Hermione Granger, Annabeth Chase, Katniss Everdeen, or Tris Prior. While these fictional leading ladies inhabit different settings and face different challenges, all would fall under the category of “strong female heroines.” Far from being a scarcity in our current literary culture, modern fiction teems with capable young women who, ready or not, take charge and tackle their problems head-on with sass, charm, and a weapon of their choice. Continue reading