Monday, August 31, 2009

Capital

"If we understand capital, in the broadest sense, to be any asset--material or non-material--that produces continuing benefits of any kind, then its importance becomes clearer. With the biblical norms increasingly spurned by an idolatrous society, the family structure, the intellectual competence, the legal foundations, and the economic base--in other words, the capital--are all decaying. Therefore, the stability, peace, and prosperity they should be producing will increasingly be lacking." Herbert Schlossberg Idols For Destruction page 317

"...we ought to explore once again the meaning of the expression Jesus used in describing the function of Christians in their society: "You are the salt of the earth" (Matt. 5:13). When Roman civilization finally collapsed, it was the Christians who preserved what was best in it, and their descendants centuries later were able to build a new civilization using the building blocks they had saved. Capital of all kinds must be preserved to provide spiritual, psychic, and material income in a failing society. It is not only legitimate but imperative that Christians exercise stewardship in preserving the material, as well as the moral capital with which they are entrusted. They should ensure that it produces income, but primarily that it is preserved so that it can be used in the service of its true owner." Herbert Schlossberg Idols For Destructionpage 317

"One of the main uses of capital in a decaying society is to buffer its holders against the forces of disintegration. It makes it possible, for example, to resist the pressures for conformity that complete dependence on the economic system requires. It makes it possible to rescue children from the chief medium of state indoctrination by sending them to the right kind of Christian school. In general, it serves as a tool for the accomplishment of the preservation function that is the province of the worldwide body of Christians. It is essential, therefore, to resist the semi-Manichaean tendency that calls property evidence of injustice." Herbert Schlossberg Idols For Destruction page 318

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