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Patio Chat 6, Covid: “Sharing is not Socialism” – 10:03

• ECONOMICS: The Bible clearly affirms “free enterprise” or a “free market” within the perimeters of a Judeo-Christian framework. (Scripture does not affirm socialism, but rather supports properly founded capitalism. See The Poverty of Nations by Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus , or For the Least of These by Anne R. Bradley and Art Lindsley or Money, Greed and God by Jay Richards.) But there are economic exigencies. (There’s that word again.) One of the unusual economic moments in New Testament times is found in Acts 2:44, when everyone shared everything in common. (This was not forced. It was not governmentally driven socialism. And the sharing provided first for the “household of faith” – that is, other believers. Galatians 6:10). Be aware that we are in a most unusual season. Even our government will be temporarily taking unusual economic steps. It is totally consistent to be a “small government advocate” and one who wants the national debt to be reduced, but at the same time, one who, given the crisis, knows that some unprecedented, temporary steps must be taken. (The key, however, is to remember that once this present danger is past, we return to sane, time-tested and biblically-sound, ongoing economic policies. We will need a rollback of some of the emergency measures.)