Friday, September 29, 2006

Let's Export Red Christianity

I believe Red Christians in America and throughout the free world are essential to spreading the Gospel and solving the problems associated with poverty in the under developed world. It’s not enough to tell unbelievers that Christ died for them if we aren’t also willing to demonstrate and prove Christ is alive in us and can live in them.

Red Christians don’t need to export American culture to every under developed country in the world in order to spread the Gospel, but we do need to confront corrupt governments throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and South America. While we’re at it, we should also confront the corruption in our own government in the United States in both the Democratic and the Republican parties.

The Blue method is often the sowing of seed on hard soil. For most of my life, American Christians have been very charitable to the poor in India. However, our charity never did solve the problem of poverty in India and it never produced reproducing believers because it mostly produced dependence on more charity.

Poverty is the natural state of the world where freedom is restricted and private property rights are not enforced. The Blue method has never and will never solve the problems associated with poverty. It is not possible to solve the problem of poverty by taking from some and giving to others. However, our commerce associated with private property rights in the United States and in India is solving the problem of poverty there. We now have some fertile soil to do some work and create disciples.


Derek Simmons said...

Hi David:
Great post because it provides food for thought.

Any thoughts yourself on how "Red Christians" here in the good 'ol USA can spread the Gospel here and abroad by "confronting corrupt governments throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and South America"?; and at home "in both the Republican and Democrat parties?" I'm interested in your thoughts especially in light of the IRS position taken against All Saints in Pasadena, that decidedly Blue bastion.

David M. Smith said...

Hi Derek,

Good to hear from you and good question. My answer will be in my next post.

Anonymous said...

It's certainly true in my mind that free markets are the only long-term solution to poverty. But I'm really lost on how you propagate that through the Gospels. It's great that Red Christians have somehow managed to read the Bible and divine a presciption for American-style capitalism, but I'm not sure that this logic is easily understood or exported.

At first blush, it seems to me, the only type of government envisioned in the Bible is socialist monarchy.

David M. Smith said...

Hi Rick,

I will address your comment and the issue of a Biblical based government in my next post. Thanks.

Buz said...

Isn't that what the disciples were hoping for, a political coup. If they couldn't do it with Jesus here and raising the dead, don't we stand a substantially less chance of doing it on our own?


David M. Smith said...

Hi Buz,

Good question and challenge. I was going to get there in my next post, but after your question, I need to give it more thought?