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The topic of money and biblical stewardship levels the playing field for all types of Christians. God’s mandate for how to work and handle our money is humbling but liberating. In a world where the gap between the haves and have-nots appears to be widening, Christians are forced to wrestle with the question of how to steward our resources in the direction of economic justice. How can we be generous, wise, and God-honoring?
In Practicing the King’s Economy: Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give, Michael Rhodes (director of community development and an instructor at the Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies), Robby Holt (senior pastor of North Shore Fellowship in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and teacher and theological dean for the Chattanooga Institute for Faith and Work), and Brian Fikkert (founder and president of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, where he also serves as a professor of economics and community development, and co-author of When Helping Hurts) make the case that economic justice isn’t a conservative or liberal issue, but an imperative in the kingdom of God.
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Rhodes writes, “Economics is the study of humanity’s consumption, production, and exchange of goods and services in order to steward King Jesus’s creation” (41). Practicing the King’s Economy exposes the moral and theological tensions between the world’s economy and the King’s economy in a way that’s both theologically rich and also practical.
The King’s economy exists within the world’s economic system. This book does a good job of pointing out that many well-intentioned Christians have opted into the world’s system by default. Rhodes describes the world’s system: “In the West, our prevailing worldview sees people as self-interested individuals with limitless desires in a limited world, who seek to increase consumption and leisure by earning as much money as possible”...
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