This post originally appeared on the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics blog. Read it in its entirety here.
We all think economically, Christians included, whether or not we know it. We all make choices about how to obtain and spend scarce resources. Most of us also care deeply about how to deal with scarcity, distribute wealth, and maximize prosperity throughout our society. The only difference is how clearly we think through these choices and valuations.
Ultimately, understanding economics helps the Church to minister effectively both within its walls and to the outside world. Among other benefits, congregations can be better stewards of ministry resources and Christians can serve their communities more effectively, and the Church can advocate for wise public policies. Just like any science (whether “social” or “hard” science), economics explores truths invented by God and profitable for advancing his kingdom.
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