Global Economics From a Christian Perspective
by John Lackey
This report is about economics wherever you find it! Research by a Scripps Howard News Service reporter found that more than 50 American billionaires have received government farm subsidies from a program created during the Great Depression intended to help small farms survive. At least 56 of the richest people in the country have pocketed more than two million dollars from this source. Included are people like banker David Rockefeller, Sr., hotel magnate William Barron Hilton, and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
Also six senators shared more than $700,000 in subsidies over a decade. These people are not engaged in agricultural pursuits. True, these handouts are legal, but it’s still not right! Furthermore, the majority of farm subsidies that reach those who farm go to the huge corporate farms, with little help for the small family farm. Obviously changes are needed in the policies of the Agriculture Department!
And what is the Christian perspective on this story? In a word, greed! This is spelled out in I Tim.6:9,10: “Those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY is a root of all kinds of evil…in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith.” Those who pursue wealth as their chief end in life are never satisfied! And so wealthy Americans put their hands out to receive that which was intended for those who need it.