Is capitalism a biblical system?

Is Capitalism a biblical system? Does everything really resolve around money? The biggest debate I have heard the past few years is which model is more in line with the bible: capitalism or socialism? Conservatives or liberals? Or in theological terms, Calvinist or Arminian.

When we get entrenched in these debates, we are beginning to lose focus. The Apostle Paul warned us about getting too involved in the doctrines of men. This turns the faith of Christ into a religion.

Paul only taught the doctrine of Christ: who He was as the promised Messiah and His Mission which was to build a spiritual kingdom. Anything we had to that becomes dogma and trivial at best.

You will recognize the dogma by the things that are most argued about among groups who profess to be Christian; i.e., trinity, rapture, eschatology, etc.

I’m still waiting to be called a heretic and a false prophet by the way. It’s been six years and makes me think I need to up my game.

Anyway, back to the original question: Is capitalism a biblical system? Does it have to be about money? What is material prosperity and is it really a sign of God’s favor?

The names of each political system are man-made, though the basic principles can have biblical values; i.e., thrift, enterprise, entrepreneurship, etc. They can also have drawbacks such as greed which cater to human weakness.

Likewise socialism values collectivism and working together (if you factor out the government intrusion). I mentioned in another blog post that the late GK Chesterton claimed socialism is the system that would save the world though it is the least desired.

This is because it goes against western values of individualism and involves giving up some basic rights; voluntarily of course out of love not at the hands of the government.

Does capitalism have to be about money?


Let us look at what is capital? Capital is more than just money. It is assets, or our resources. In a free market, or free enterprise system, we are free to use our resources to be innovative. No our motivation does not have to be money. This may sound surprising. Jesus even said you cannot serve God and money.
If your primary goal is to make money, you are no doubt idolizing wealth.

This is not to say you cannot become wealthy by serving others. Though it is not guaranteed. There are many people who became wealthy by adding value to society. There are still many others who were murdered for the value that they added to society.

I always find it amusing when I hear someone talk about “healing their relationship with money”. For starters, you cannot have a relationship with an inanimate object. That would be creating a graven image.


Money is a resource. The primary medium of exchange. You work to get what you feel you need or want. Many work too hard for stuff they think they need or want because they don’t know God or themselves and they end up chasing after the wind. To this, Proverbs 23:4 says “to not labor to get rich but have the wisdom to show restraint.”


Money is a man-made product. Kind of like religion. Money does not move the world. In Physics we learn that the world moves on energy. If you understand the law of attraction, you attract whatever energy you put out. Money is a tool to compensate what you are putting out.


This is why there is truth to the saying that if you do what you love then the money will follow. Because you have more energy. You may or may not have more money but this brings us to the last question.


What is material prosperity?


John Calvin was known for saying that material prosperity is a product of divine favor. This had led to the prosperity gospel thinking God’s people should be loaded. After all the patriarchs were. It is possible but I’m sure material prosperity meant something different 400 years ago.


Material prosperity means pertaining to the material world and not necessarily consumer goods. It can be clean air, pure food and drinking water as well as a decent living.


You may or may not get rich but you can have a prosperity mindset where you feel content and always have enough no matter what income level.

As far as the prosperity gospel preachers, I don’t necessarily think it is always about money as I listen to them but it is hard to take them seriously when they are mega millionaires. One of them is damn near a billionaire.


I can’t judge how they got their wealth or what they do with it but it does make you wonder if they are just in it for the money. Of course those that know them would know if they genuinely exhibit the fruits of the spirit.


I have heard Joyce Meyer’s testimony of abuse so I have a feeling she is genuine. If anyone reading this believes otherwise, feel free to comment. Keep in mind you will always hear bad reports about anyone. I google my own name sometimes just to see what dirty laundry comes up. I guess I am not big enough yet.


TD Jakes is alright. He is actually the poorest of the prosperity teachers being he has probably the largest church (somewhere up there).


In closing, since life is meaningless and our whole duty is to revere the Divine presence and observe His commandments (Solomon’s words and not mine), you are free to create whatever life the Spirit puts on your heart). When you are aligned with the divine plan, all of your needs fall into place. Use your resources, your capital, whether it makes you rich or not to serve others.


Personally I feel fulfilled in many ways by this blog that I don’t even have to pursue a career as a writer. I actually wonder if the hustle of selling articles might be a distraction to a higher calling. Then there is pissing people off with truth since it has a tendency to do that. It also doesn’t sell very well.

Blue collar jobs as career options?

I grew up in a blue collar working class family. Actually back in the 1970’s this was the middle class. Since the 1980’s the middle class has evolved to include mostly corporate jobs with the working class falling behind; even though they are the backbone of society and are the ones who create the wealth in society that the upper classes live off of.  

It kind of reminds me of a line from the movie Good Will Hunting where Matt Damon was telling his counselor Sean, played by the late Robin Williams, that there was honor in doing construction work. While many people will look down on someone who waits tables or works as a retail clerk in a store or a gas station, it is good to note that there is no such things as a dead end job.  

The Bible even says that there is profit in all labor. Although it seems as if the better paying jobs involve dealing with more bullshit; not to mention the lower paying jobs tend to be funner and less monotonous.  

Just because I returned to my first job in my fourth company at 40 years of age doesn’t mean I will stay there forever. Even if I stay with the same company, I will likely end up as a store manager or at corporate.  I even talk to the bread vendors who deliver to the store; this is the highest paying outside vendor that we deal with and they are the only vendors who work as independent contractors. Imagine the luxury of smelling fresh bread every morning.  

Also, the last few years I have seen more retail space opening up in shopping centers while corporate jobs decline. The private sector is the backbone of the economy and this is why I feel we have nothing to worry about if the economy were to collapse. It would just go back to the way it was before with smaller family owned businesses. And there would likely be a lot more community.  

I am not ready for it yet but every time I pass by a vacant store for lease, I can almost envision seeing myself owning my own store. I love buying stuff from the local store owners as opposed to corporate chain stores as it feels like I am supporting a greater purpose.  

As much as I miss driving at the auto auction, I have looked into the possibility of acquiring a dealer’s license and flipping used cars.  

It’s not conflicted to have options. As long as you are content where you are at while you dream big.  Of course you can get so content that you end up not doing anything.

The System is designed to control people who can’t think for themselves

One of my Daily E’isms (one liners) is that every time I think about finishing that last half of an undergraduate degree, I have this fear that it will get in the way of my real education (self-education).

It seems as if we are spending more time in school, and for every year we have to spend in school, it takes twice that to unlearn everything in the real world. That is if we can even function in the real world with all of that useless knowledge crammed into our heads most of our lives.

It has been said that the purpose of education is to teach people how to think and not what to think. The problem here is that no one can teach us how to think. We have to do that for ourselves. Any attempt to do so ends up being indoctrination, or teaching us what to think.

State schools try to promote democracy; it is absolutely amazing how good this system looks good on paper. But all it’s done is show us how nothing man creates works the way it is supposed to and everything gets corrupted.

The only thing Democracy accomplishes is making us lose faith in humanity. People that believe in this don’t understand how the world works. And once you learn this, it doesn’t make a difference if you try to start a revolution. American colonials succeeded at this because the elite let us. Within a century everything that we ran from caught up to us.

At least realizing how corrupt the world is has confirmed my convictions that there must be a Supreme being out there and something more to this life. Maybe it just exists on a higher realm that the naked eye can’t see, but has to be spiritually discerned.

Jewish Zionism and Evangelical Christianity, with the latter’s second coming belief, are only political systems trying to build a man made kingdom that is destined to fail.

In the words of Jesus, don’t look for the Kingdom here or there, it is within. Everyone looks for an escape from reality but on one wants to take the journey within.

When everything man-made turns to crap

I was watching a video on YouTube recently when I heard about how 70% of Americans were living in poverty. However the sad part is many of those who are impoverished are making up to six figures a year. It always sounds funny to hear someone making mid five figures and up complain about how poor they are despite how hard they work. Although they don’t usually work nearly as hard as those making close to minimum wage.

They say more money leads to more problems, and it’s amazing how the solution is always more money. Even the Bible says whoever loves money will never have enough. A Lyft driver who sold real estate told me once that no matter how much you make, you are always in the same boat. Rich people just have expensive tastes. Poor people find cheaper alternatives which are often just as good. It’s just the stigma and being more “resourceful”.

Another way to ensure impoverishing oneself is to live a life of luxury. How many luxury apartments have you seen going up in your neighborhood. Luxury living is the same as “lustful” living. I can’t knock it though since I am attracted to these myself. They aren’t really that luxury. The reviews are almost as bad as any ghetto apartment. People are never happy. All they have to do is see one cockroach or any other insect.

Give it a few decades and these luxury apartments will either be sold as condominiums or rented out as low income apartments; or turned into motels.

I confess that I almost rented out a small 400 square foot luxury apartment that I found for as low as $800. It was cheaper than the non luxury apartments around it. On a side note, renting is still a waste of money and you can buy a $200,000 condo for less than you can rent a luxury apartment for.

I think I may be onto something with that last statement. Either way, all the money we are spending to modernize everything through gentrification only to still be paying off the debt by the time the foundation starts to settle again. I almost call luxury apartments “shitholes of the future.”

Serfs up dudes

Perhaps the scariest thing to hear at your job is:

“We just got bought out. We don’t know who they are aside from being an “investment” group.

“Investment” group. This could be code for the Mob laundering their proceeds from organized crime into Wall Street. Of course they pay us so well that we would never ever question it. Especially with the “benefits”.

You ever wonder what happened to the Mafia? I can’t help but wonder if Al Capone were here today that he would probably be CEO of a pharmaceutical company.

The second scariest thing I ever heard at work was to expect a visit from 50 Chinese businessmen. These businessmen will be arriving in two buses. I’ve seen how big Chinese people are and wondering why it involves two buses. This isn’t exactly what I meant by power going back to the little man.

Lastly, I keep seeing “LLC” on a bunch of small businesses and trucking companies. Usually denotes an investment group. Lately I can’t help wonder if LLC is code for government.

Either way it’s a futile system. I mean feudal.