Private wealth reduces poverty
    September 9 2008 by Robert Louis Edwards, Raleigh

    I was appalled by Tom Ehrich’s “A long overdue conversation” (BR, Aug. 2) which questioned the ethics of private property. This is another example of Jesus Christ being replaced by Karl Marx, in the advocacy of the social gospel.

    Mr. Ehrich needs to understand that the humane social values developed by and practiced in the free, Christian world developed only in those countries which protect private property. The intelligent use of private property has created the vast wealth by which the free world has reduced poverty and improved human life (surely pleasing to God).

    Conversely, those countries that have replaced private property rights with collective societies are poverty-stricken, unstable and filled with unhappy people desperate to come to America.
    Some suggested reading on the subject: J.M. Roberts’s Triumph of the West and Rodney Stark’s Victory of Reason.

    Robert Louis Edwards

    9/9/2008 3:57:00 AM by Robert Louis Edwards, Raleigh | with 1 comments

Charles Royal
Let me first apologize to you, Robert Louis Edwards. This is not so much directed at you as it is the community of faith and a continued pattern that can be viewed by many as conforming to patterns of this world. Let me also say that I see your concern. Your comments have merit in a conversation about Ehrich’s article. But, in fairness, I did not find that Ehrich’s article was inappropriate for consideration in the context of God’s word. What interested me is the use of the word “appalled.” It seems to be a word that continues to reflect the language of opinions found in our Biblical Recorder as the communities of faith discuss their ideas and reflections on God’s word. Are we so easily shocked or dismayed to discover that someone thinks differently? I find that interesting. My response comes from my continued interest in the struggle of Christians to rid themselves of the patterns of this world and embrace a…well, for lack of a better term… Biblical worldview. In balancing our comments where we feel the need to disagree or provide an alternate view, how should we consider scripture meant to guide us? Consider for a moment Titus 3:2 “to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.” Of course this is one of many and there are those passages about exhorting, but I wonder if we take too great a liberty when we forget how destructive the smallest phrase can be? How easy it is to fall into debate over details with someone we really don’t know over, perhaps, unintended words that seem to express offense and disdain. (Like me! I might fall into that category, all over the word “appalled.”) Should we use more care in an article meant for the public?
9/15/2008 5:58:57 AM

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