“Enough” by Will Samson

Chapter Nine – Economy I had a childhood highly typical of the American Church – white, middle class and suburban. My father was active in both our church and in an evangelistic organization named Word of Life Ministries. We lived in a gated community, owned a dog and voted Republican. My identity as a child was quite largely tied to a sense of economic well-being. As I look back on this there was an understanding of the way of Jesus tied to American capitalism within my Christian upbringing that not only went unchallenged in my faith community, but was encouraged in subtle ways. I am not suggesting that I grew up within the wealth and prosperity gospel, but rather that there was little clear differentiation between God’s economy and Adam Smith’s. Even the way we thought about missions was similar to the way American corporations think about business: we hired specialists. Once a year these specialists from far off places would come to the Church and talk about their work in wild and exotic places. And we would pray and thank God that they were doing it. If we were to think of the American missions movement of the 19th and 20th Century, we might think about how captive this movement was to the idea of specialization. As our...

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