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The case for faith and a free market

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“In modern times, more and more Americans have unwittingly relinquished their freedoms and self-determination to career politicians,” says Daniel Garza, president and chairman of The LIBRE Institute. “Millions have ceded their fate to a raft of government programs and entitlements administered by a powerful central government.”

Fighting poverty through work, generated by a free market economic system, is essential to sustain a free society. Ours is the only system the world has ever known that so effectively improves the human condition — not only in the United States but wherever it has been adopted. It gives the individual independence from government control. It strengthens our communities and families and liberates us to propagate endless moral, spiritual and charity-related activities of our own choosing.

Still, having said that, we must also recognize that many are facing major disadvantages. But instead of looking to government as the solution, we must encourage organizations, churches and individuals in our own communities to lend a hand in times of need. In fact, the Bible commands us to help the poor and the vulnerable.

On November 17, Mr. Garza will be speaking at the Acton Institute on “Latinos, The Freedom Agenda and the 2016 Elections.” For more information click here.

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).

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