A new blogger friend, Alan Knox, has some good thoughts along with opening his heart on this question.
I'm far from being any kind of expert on economics. I have blogger friends who know plenty more on it. So I hesitate to venture forth, here. But I'm not a fan of "trickle down" economics. In theory it works great. Those at the top are unencumbered so they can use the best possible strategy to make the most money. And in that process, the people they hire to make the business go, make money. And the bigger the business, the bigger the impact in providing jobs.
That sounds good. The only reason I lack the confidence that I've heard from one proponent of that view, brilliantly, I must add, in a debate, is that there are fallen humans at the top of that "trickle down" economics. There has to be at least some regulation, yes, government regulation. The laws of the land are going to have to be in place to do that.
I believe in a chastened capitalism or free enterprise system. Which incorporates socialistic elements. Or are we just going to leave the poor behind? Even for self-interest alone, this is untenable. Crime is impacted when poverty is dealt with. Though self-interest should be no consideration for us of the kingdom of God in Jesus. And abortions are reduced when poverty is dealt with.
But what about the church? What about us? We should know the answer there. It is all over the Bible. We're to help the poor. The gospel of the kingdom of God in Jesus is, in part, about helping the poor and afflicted. Bob Robinson has some good examples of Christians serving in this way.
This needs to become a way of life with us as Christians, and as churches. We are out to help those who need it. And not just to help ourselves. That we're going to be generous, whether we have plenty or not. Some of the most generous people I know are those who don't have much. And others of us, who have more, are constantly thinking about what might happen if we give up such and such amount to help another in distress. Though in theory I love to give, and have done so, in practice I have plenty of room to grow. Of course we need to be wise in all of this. You don't just hand someone $5. Chances are they'll be buying some cheap liquor with it.
Governments have their responsibility. And America, (/o/v/e/r/a/l/l/, I believe /i/s/ /a/ /m/i/s/e/r/a/b/l/e/ /f/a/i/l/u/r/e/) has some serious work to do, in this area. /S/o/r/r/y/./ (editing changes) I see it from the perspective of real people in which the system simply does not work. Leaving them on the street. Or without essential medication.
And the church, though doing better, needs to really wake up. We've got to be there for each other. And for the poor in general. Doing good especially for those in need in the family of believers. But also doing the same good to all people. If this isn't part of our passion, than our Christianity isn't worth much.
What might you add to my thoughts, here?