Saturday, 30 August 2014

The Goal of Capitalism is the Meaninglessness of Accumulating Wealth

There is a real world of difference between the way the Christians and the unsaved view capitalism. The unsaved, whether they are secular, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish or any other non-Christian sees capitalism as a problem. The gather together as economists, academics, authors, journalists and academics and say the same thing about capitalism: it promotes inequality and enslaves people to their money and possessions. They want and fight for a better system because they see themselves an enslaved to the system of capitalism. They see the pursuit of wealth as meaningless - because it is. That is exactly what it says in Ecclesiastes. Everything that will rot away is meaningless.

Indeed, capitalism promotes inequality and enslaves people to their money and possession. However, the unsaved cannot see this: that it is not people who promote or support capitalism that they are fighting that enslaves people to their money an possession - it is the spirit of mammon that seduces people into serving earthly possessions that are meaningless through pride, envy, jealousy, selfishness and love of self. The spirit of mammon has enslaved people both the unsaved and saved to the desires of the flesh: the beast that aggressively pushes one to serve mammon. 

The  Christians, however in the 21st century tend to see having more possessions and wealth to be a blessing from God. However, God does not have to give anyone possession or wealth more than He "needs" to save people. Many Christians, being under the spirit of mammon, cannot see it because they are under it. As a result, they treat God as though He will give all Christians their "basic needs". To even think that is to treat God as if He needs to give Christians what they want.  God can do anything because He is Sovereign. He can allow Christians to suffer and starve if He wants. That is the problem of the modern church. It thinks that it should be entitled to be served in return when it serves others. It has forgotten what it means to 'serve'.

The modern church has forgotten that Jesus said: "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head" (Matthew 8:20). He was saying that while even animals who God values less than humans have some earthly security, while He has no earthly security because His "kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36). Neither is the true Christian of the kingdom of this world because the true Christian is with Christ whenever he is. 

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). To serve means to give up one's own interests, dreams, visions, aspirations, possessions, freewill and anything else part of oneself for the good of others. It means to actively help others, and do good works without seeking anything in return. To serve is to love. To love is to not only refrain from seeking one's own way, it is to seek for the good of others. 

Capitalism is absolutely against the ethic of serving others because it elevates and rewards those who seek not to serve others, but to serve oneself. It is about serving one's own interests, ambitions, dreams, visions, goals and possessions. It is a system where each person is an economic work unit whose success is defined by their ability to enjoy luxury, possessions, holidays, pleasure, relationships and any other "worthy" earthly thing. The ability to earn money and gain other earthly things is goal to strive after in the bloodsport of capitalism. This is achieved by working to gain an education, which will gain oneself a job or career, which gains oneself worthiness, social status and relationships, providing the individual with a false sense of security. Such things have no eternal value. Such is meaningless. 

Money is an illusion, and people know it, but strive after it because it feeds on the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and their despicable pride. This is why capitalism prevails, even when it fails. 

As Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 says:

“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher,
         “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.”
What advantage does man have in all his work
         Which he does under the sun?
A generation goes and a generation comes,
         But the earth remains forever.
Also, the sun rises and the sun sets;
         And hastening to its place it rises there again.
Blowing toward the south,
         Then turning toward the north,
         The wind continues swirling along;
         And on its circular courses the wind returns.
All the rivers flow into the sea,
         Yet the sea is not full.
         To the place where the rivers flow,
         There they flow again.
All things are wearisome;
         Man is not able to tell it.
         The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
         Nor is the ear filled with hearing.
That which has been is that which will be,
         And that which has been done is that which will be done.
         So there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which one might say,
         “See this, it is new”?
         Already it has existed for ages
         Which were before us.
There is no remembrance of earlier things;
         And also of the later things which will occur,
         There will be for them no remembrance
         Among those who will come later still.