A case for compassionate capitalism from its “founding father”

If one were to believe without question what liberals say in the mainstream media and in academia about capitalism, one would think capitalism is all about greed, oppression, division, and using law enforcement and/or military to secure only the rights of the rich and powerful at the expense of the poor. One would believe no one espousing capitalism believes in fairness and helping the poor. So they criticize and vilify people like Adam Smith, the 18th century godfather of capitalism.

Adam Smith, "Founding Father" of free market capitalism
Adam Smith, “Founding Father” of free market capitalism

However, they are either mistaken or deliberately misleading regarding the nature of a capitalist society that Adam Smith envisioned or benefits of capitalism he noticed already existing in his society. Smith was very concerned that free market societies made sure the poor and less fortunate were given every opportunity to improve themselves by their own volition and with the help of the more fortunate if the poor proved themselves responsible. Unfortunately, pro-capitalists don’t highlight this enough.

The following quotes are from Smith’s primer on capitalism, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, or more commonly known as The Wealth of Nations:

♦ …man has almost constant occasion for the help of his brethren, and it is in vain for him to expect it from their benevolence only. He will be more likely to prevail if he can interest their self-love in his favour, and show them that it is for their own advantage to do for him what he requires of them. Whoever offers to another a bargain of any kind, proposes to do this. Give me that which I want, and you shall have this which you want, is the meaning of every such offer; and it is in this manner that we obtain from one another the far greater part of those good offices which we stand in need of. It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages. Nobody but a beggar chuses to depend chiefly upon the benevolence of his fellow-citizens. Even a beggar does not depend upon it entirely. The charity of well-disposed people, indeed, supplies him with the whole fund of his subsistence. But though this principle ultimately provides him with all the necessaries of life which he has occasion for, it neither does nor can provide him with them as he has occasion for them. The greater part of his occasional wants are supplied in the same manner as those of other people, by treaty, by barter, and by purchase. With the money which one man gives him he purchases food. The old cloaths which another bestows upon him he exchanges for other old cloaths which suit him better, or for lodging, or for food, or for money, with which he can buy either food, cloaths, or lodging, as he has occasion. (Book I, chapter II)

♦ Smith was against the law of settlements, which oppressed the poor by giving them a short time to get on their feet financially before they were forcibly evicted from the parish where they had temporary housing– To remove a man who has committed no misdemeanour from the parish where he chuses to reside, is an evident violation of natural liberty and justice. The common people of England, however, so jealous of their liberty, but like the common people of most other countries never rightly understanding wherein it consists, have now for more than a century together suffered themselves to be exposed to this oppression without a remedy. …There is scarce a poor man in England of forty years of age, I will venture to say, who has not in some part of his life felt himself most cruelly oppressed by this ill-contrived law of settlements.  (Book I, chapter X)

♦ Smith hated abusive taxation rendered by both the state and the Church forced on the poor to satisfy the wasteful spending of the powerful– …the colony government of [Spain, Portugal, & France] is conducted upon a much more expensive ceremonial. The sums spent upon the reception of a new viceroy of Peru, for example, have frequently been enormous. Such ceremonials are not only real taxes …but they serve to introduce among them the habit of vanity and expence upon all other occasions. They are not only very grievous occasional taxes, but they contribute to establish perpetual taxes of the same kind still more grievous; the ruinous taxes of private luxury and extravagance. In the colonies of all those three nations too, the ecclesiastical government is extremely oppressive. Tithes take place in all of them, and are levied with the utmost rigour in those of Spain and Portugal. All of them, besides, are oppressed with a numerous race of mendicant friars, whose beggary being not only licensed but consecrated by religion, is a most grievous tax upon the poor people, who are most carefully taught that it is a duty to give, and a very great sin to refuse them their charity. (Book IV, chapter 7)

♦ Smith believed publicly funded schools were a good idea if they were organized to help children learn science-based skills for their careers or jobs to strengthen society– …the most essential parts of education, however, to read, write, and account, can be acquired at so early a period of life that the greater part even of those who are to be bred to the lowest occupations have time to acquire them before they can be employed… For a very small expence the public can facilitate… and can even impose upon almost the whole body of the people the necessity of acquiring those most essential parts of education.

If in those little schools the books, by which the children are taught… they were instructed in the elementary parts of geometry and mechanics [engineering], the literary education of this rank of people would perhaps be as complete as it can be. There is scarce a common trade which does not afford some opportunities of applying … principles of geometry and mechanics, and which would not therefore gradually exercise and improve the common people in those principles, …as well as to the most useful sciences. (Book V, chapter 1)

♦ Smith admired the positive role churches could play in a society if their character set positive standards for the poor & to make government accountable, but also noted the dangers of society when churches did not live up to good standards– Both the hospitality and the charity of the ancient clergy…are said to have been very great. They…maintained almost the whole poor of every kingdom. …Those virtues procured them the highest respect and veneration among all the inferior ranks of people, of whom many were constantly, and almost all occasionally, fed by them. …In this state of things, if the sovereign frequently found it difficult to resist the confederacy of a few of the great nobility, we cannot wonder that he should find it still more so to resist the united force of the clergy… In such circumstances the wonder is, not that he was sometimes obliged to yield, but that he ever was able to resist.

…that spiritual authority was much weakened when it ceased to be supported by the charity and hospitality of the clergy. The inferior ranks of people no longer looked upon that order, as they had done before, as the comforters of their distress, and the relievers of their indigence. On the contrary, they were provoked and disgusted by the vanity, luxury, and expence of the richer clergy, who appeared to spend upon their own pleasures what had always before been regarded as the patrimony of the poor. (Book V, chapter 1)

Capitalists who espouse Smith’s principles, which he based on true Christian doctrine, are true capitalists indeed.

Harry A. Gaylord

Gallup: More Americans want animals to have equal rights with humans

A recent Gallup poll reveals what happens when people buy into the lies promoting evolutionary theory. They move toward thinking animals are equal to humans. Almost 1/3 of Americans now think that Fido, Whiskers, and other animals should have the same rights that humans enjoy. That’s up from 25% who thought the same way in 2008.

The poll was taken May 6-10, 2015. Gallup attributes the uptick to efforts by groups such as PETA and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Although all people groups show an increase of the desire for equal rights for animals, more women and Democrat-leaning voters reflect this thinking than men and those who lean Republican.

Throughout the Bible we see that God placed humans above animals as their superiors. Man was created in God’s image, not animals. Humans were allowed by God to kill them for sacrifices and food while using humans for sacrifices and food was prohibited. God did allow domesticated animals certain rights if they were harmed (e.g. Exodus 21:33-36), but the punishments for harming them were not as severe as the punishments for animals or humans who harmed or killed humans, thus reflecting how superior humans are.

Those who wish to place animals on the same level as humans have several ulterior motives in the works. For starters, they wish to control our diets by ultimately outlawing the consumption of animals for food (a prediction of 1 Timothy 4:3)–a tool for globalists to use to reduce the human population for their new world order by reducing a major food source for us. Equal rights for animals will also eventually lead to promoting bestiality as a valid desire–something God hates (Exodus 22:19; Leviticus 18:23; 20:15-16). Spiritually speaking, equal rights for animals is also a reflection of Eastern mystic teachings on reincarnation, pantheism (everthing is god), and panentheism (god is in everything)–all of them being devilish paganism.

The embracing of these false ideas is just one of many signs demonstrating just how far America is moving away from the loving God who outlawed such things for our protection and advancement.

Source: Rebecca Rifkin, In U.S., More Say Animals Should Have Same Rights as People, Gallup.com, May 18, 2015.

Harry A. Gaylord

Why Elisha’s curse brought God’s judgment on some little kids

At the end of 2 Kings 2, there is a story that many Bible critics have used to falsely claim that God is a bully and murders little kids. It’s the story where some little kids (pre-teens) mocked the prophet Elisha, then after he cursed them, two bears came out and mauled dozens of them. Here’s how the scene unfolds:

19 And the men of the city [Jericho] said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren.

20 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him.

21 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the Lord, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.

22 So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake.

23 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.

24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

25 And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria.

Was this brutality on the part of the prophet and God himself? If we look at the context of the scripture, I believe these little miscreants got what was coming to them. I love kids, but there are times when kids who cross the line have to be punished.

In this scripture, Elisha was visiting the region of Jericho and Bethel with Elijah because, like many prophets, they were circuit preachers. Jericho and Bethel were teeming with prophets and most likely had schools to train prophets in the area given the numbers we see mentioned earlier in this chapter (vv. 3, 5, 7). Elijah performed several famous miracles during this time and was eventually caught up to heaven in a fiery chariot at this time after he gave Elisha a double portion of prophetic abilities.

Soon after Elisha saw Elijah taken up, he himself performed famous miracles that were broadcast throughout the area. It was a common practice for prophets to shave their heads at this time when they had a vow to the Lord. So when this group of children came along to harass the man of God, they were well-educated about who Elisha was, what prophets of God did, his double portion from God as Elijah’s apprentice, that he had just performed a miracle to heal their waters, and was on his way to do more godly ministry at Bethel.

Having known all of this, they should have honored the man of God. Instead, they mocked him and showed that they despised God himself. So Elisha justifiably cursed them. But, of course, it was not Elisha who decided how the curse would play out. It was God who decided to send two female bears to attack the dozens of kids, hurting 42 of them. This shows that God holds children accountable for what they know. Even in today’s society we do the same when we put children on trial as adults in some cases.

The incident reveals how serious God was about Elisha’s ministry, which had vital spiritual ramifications for the nation of Israel and the ministry which genuinely promoted God’s holiness and his name were not to be despised or taken lightly even by little kids who knew right from wrong.

Harry A. Gaylord

Netherlands judge orders 80-yr-old woman to be euthanized, despite objections of medical staff

Elderly-woman-by-McBeth-Creative-CommonsAn 80-yr-old woman with dementia was recently killed in the Netherlands, thanks to a judge’s order. Medical staff at a care facility for dementia patients refused to agree to the idea of euthanizing her, but her family disagreed, filed a lawsuit, and won. When the medical staff appealed, the appeal was denied. Shortly thereafter, she was put to death.

Her relatives argued that she expressed that she wanted to die, but her caregivers disagreed that she was capable of expressing that decision. The authorities, upon the ruling, took her out of the care facility and took her to a facility started by euthanasia activists.

Since euthanasia was legalized in the Netherlands in 2002, what the critics warned would happen has happened. Euthanasia is growing in popularity and the nation is moving toward euthanasia as a default setting for the slightest inconveniences (like growing old or being lonely) and troubles that come with living in a sinful world (such as the bereavement over losing a loved one).

The law was supposed to meet “certain criteria such as ensuring that a patient’s request is voluntary and being satisfied that they are suffering unbearably” and requiring that to be proven with a living will or advance directive in place. But this case shows that if relatives want to be rid of you, they can make up an excuse to fit the criteria and it will be time to say goodbye to this life.

An academic from the Netherlands who formerly backed the idea of euthanasia witnessed the horrors of it after he studied 4,000 euthanasia cases. He subsequently testified before the British Parliament urging them against legalizing the practice because he saw that “[s]ome of these patients could have lived for years or decades” if their health care was continued.

But all over the globe we see what happens when societies reject the Messiah who gave up everything, including his life, so we can have life more abundantly. Those societies tend to move toward dismissing the value of human life and make excuses for taking innocent lives–whether they call themselves atheist, jihadist, communist, democratic, or socialist. Why? Because they have the same spiritual father–the thief who cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.

Thou shalt rise up before the hoary [gray, white] head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:32

Source: Dutch judge rules dementia patient must be euthanised, The Christian Institute, May 11, 2015.

Harry A. Gaylord

Despite logistics challenges, Bible translations had stellar year in 2014

According to a new report by the United Bible Societies, 2014 most likely was a record-setting year for the number of new Bible translations in new languages. It was printed in 51 new languages covering 1.3 billion people.

Liberian villagers celebrate Bible translation in their language (United Bible Societies photo)
Liberian villagers celebrate Bible translation in their language (United Bible Societies photo)

But it wasn’t without it’s challenges. Two challenges came in two African nations–Liberia and Nigeria. In Liberia, workers for the Bible Societies had to deal with the Ebola outbreak. Despite the spread of the disease and the quarantines, two first-time translations were completed and widely distributed across the nation “at a time when people needed God’s Word in their language more than ever before.” Liberians gathered for celebratory marches in the streets of their villages when they received their Bibles for the first time. Others held off their celebrations until the worst of the Ebola outbreak passed.

In Nigeria, translators were faced with increased Boko Haram attacks. The terrorist group bombed their office in September, but this didn’t prevent the first-time translations being distributed in December with the potential of reaching 2.1 million with the complete Bible.

United Bible Societies infographic
United Bible Societies infographic

Here’s a breakdown of the statistics on the translations:

  • “18 language groups received their very first full Bible.”
  • 10 language groups got their first New Testament.
  • Two language groups got a smaller portion of God’s word for the first time.
  • “The full Bible is now available in 542 languages spoken by 4.9 billion people.”
  • “[T]he New Testament is available in 1,324 languages spoken by a further 673 million people.”
  • “1,020 languages have shorter portions of Scripture.”
  • “4,015 languages spoken by 460 million people are still without any Scripture at all.”

While Satan uses many humans to try to stop God’s word from going forth, the power of the Holy Spirit is stronger than all the power of his enemies and the spread of the gospel continues to increase which means more lost souls are entering God’s kingdom. That’s something worth celebrating!

10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace… Isaiah 55

Source: Andrea Rhodes of United Bible Societies, 2014 — A Remarkable Year for Bible Translation, Despite Challenges, ChristianNewsWire.com, April 30, 2015.

Harry A. Gaylord

Judge backs Kentucky printer’s refusal to print pro-gay T-shirts

gay rights t-shirtA Christian printing company in Kentucky was backed by a judge in state court over its refusal to print pro-gay T-shirts for a gay pride event. His decision reversed an October 2014 human rights commission decision that found the printing company in violation of the rights of the gay rights group that submitted a complaint in 2012 after the printer refused their order, but referred them to another printing company to fulfill their order.

In his opinion, the judge stated the Christian owners were within their freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and freedom of religion rights to refuse any message they didn’t agree with. He noted further that they had proven by the company’s past history that they weren’t targeting gays for discrimination, but had issues with the message that the gay rights group wanted on the T-shirts since it violated their beliefs about any sex outside of traditional marriage. In the past, the company had refused several orders, such as a print job for a strip club, a sexually explicit video promotion, and someone wanting to promote a violent message.

Circuit Judge James Ishmael ruled that Hands On Originals “rather than discriminating…had consistently followed its own policy of not printing offensive messages.” Since the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization was known to be a group in opposition to their beliefs, GLSO was in a long line of refusals for Hands On, who exercised their company policies firmly and consistently over several years.

The attorney from Alliance Defending Freedom who represented the company expressed his satisfaction with the ruling by stating, “The government can’t force citizens to surrender free-speech rights or religious freedom in order to run a small business, and this decision affirms that. The court rightly recognized that the law protects [the company’s] decision not to print shirts with messages that conflict with [the owners’] beliefs, and that no sufficient reason exists for the government to coerce [the owners] to act against [their] conscience in this way.”

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Colossians 3:17

Source: Warren Richey, Kentucky judge upholds Christian printer’s refusal to print gay pride T-shirts, Yahoo News, April 27, 2015.

Harry A. Gaylord

‘Human ancestor’ Lucy has baboon bone, calling evolutionists into question

lucyEvolutionary scientists are being called into question again over just how they really conduct their research. While creationists have long expressed doubt over the so-called “Lucy” discovery–since it’s so fragmentary and the popular museum display relies on artists’ renderings of what they think Lucy may have looked like–evolutionary scientists swore up and down for years that “Lucy” was an ape-like ancestor to homo sapiens.

Now they are backtracking yet again on some of their findings. Last week, after close analysis by scientists at New York’s Museum of Natural History, scientists released their findings that Lucy had some oddities, including at least one bone which is clearly from a baboon. So, do you mean to tell me after many years of promoting Lucy in the media, in science textbooks, and in museums, they just now noticed the pieces didn’t fit and that something didn’t add up? I guess when you’re so intent on embracing the lie of evolution, the truth becomes inconvenient and gets pushed aside.

Yet despite evolution’s long history of blatant mistakes, falsehoods, and outright lies, you can best believe this Lucy information will be ignored by mainstream media and she’ll still continue to be promoted as a homo sapien ancestor. When the Bible’s true account of creation is rejected even with all its evidence to back it up, people will embrace lies no matter what. How sad. I pray that God will continue to open at least the eyes of some evolutionists as these things are brought to light.

Source: Garrett Haley, Evolutionary Embarrassment: Part of Famous ‘Ape-Man’ Skeleton Actually Came from Baboon, ChristianNews.net, April 23, 2015.