If we followed God’s command to leave off coveting, or the NT comparison of covetousness to idolatry, could we still live in a capitalistic society?
Capitalism is based on coveting, or at least it seems it’s a pretty tough thing to operate without coveting. Supply and demand are what are to run the economy, if we don’t covet there’d be far less demand! Our leaders told us during our recession that we need to spend our way out of it. Coveting is the basis for economic recovery!
Throw on top of this our obsession with following our dreams and getting paid for doing what “we love,” isn’t that the essence of coveting? Aren’t we to be content in whatsoever state we are in?
Am I now a Communist or socialist for having brought this up?
Just another one of those things that shows how difficult it is to be of this world and follow God’s Word. I’m sure most capitalist Christians believe they are either
1) free of coveting so this doesn’t really apply or
2) don’t really worry about that coveting bit because of those grace bits in the Bible as well.
Seems to me our whole way of life makes it difficult to follow Scripture. What’s the solution? I’m not really sure, but I believe we’d benefit from thinking on it.