Can Christians Be Capitalists

Written by A K Whitehead

Can Christians Be Capitalists? by A K Whitehead

For reasons of space, we have to be very concise in this article. By Christian we mean people who put Christ first in their lives as their guiding principle. These are not those who call themselves Christians but who live independently ofrepparttar Body of Christ.

What Is A Capitalist A capitalist is one who owns capital. From an economics perspective capital is not money or finance. Capital is what is used to produce goods or services: machinery, tools, equipment, etc. It used to be said thatrepparttar 126947 distinctive feature of a capitalist is that he can wait, in distinction from a worker who cannot wait because what he acquires from his work is what he needs to live from week-to- week or month-to-month.

Labout And Capital To be a capitalist, therefore, one must haverepparttar 126948 means to wait. Mainly this is because goods and services all come into being only through some process of production. And such processes inevitably involve time and therefore waiting. This isrepparttar 126949 initial source ofrepparttar 126950 capitalists market power, andrepparttar 126951 inherent cause of labour's market weakness. One sees this power struggle in every industrial dispute, especially when it engagesrepparttar 126952 ultimate strategy ofrepparttar 126953 strike, when called by labour, orrepparttar 126954 lockout, when called by capitalists.

Capitalists And Markets There is another aspect attached to waiting which is central torepparttar 126955 question we are discussing. How do capitalists behave within a competitive market environment?

Behaviour is considerably determined byrepparttar 126956 market. His basic objective is to survive. What does his survival depend on? Profits. Without profits he will not continue intorepparttar 126957 long run.

On what do profits depend? There are many parts to this answer, butrepparttar 126958 principle components are efficiency and establishing a market advantage. The latter, in turn, depends on out-thinking and out-performing competitors. That means producing at a high quality level or, what amounts torepparttar 126959 same thing, a lower real price level.

This takes us torepparttar 126960 real nub ofrepparttar 126961 question we are addressing. Where markets are highly competitive, out-performing competitors is difficult. So long term survival is difficult because every organisation will be pressured into usingrepparttar 126962 same most, efficient technology and prices will be competed to levels which produce relatively low levels of profit.

No-one likes this kind of situation because it is constantly threatening to repparttar 126963 long term objective of survival. Yet, conditions of uncertainty arerepparttar 126964 norm. And market capitalists do not like uncertainty. They have always and will always attempt to reduce uncertainty. They do that by, one way or another, getting rid ofrepparttar 126965 competition. It is a remarkable paradox that repparttar 126966 greatest argument in favour of a market system, its competitiveness, isrepparttar 126967 one thing which market participants spend their time trying to get rid of.

Why People Are Not Healed - And How To Prevent It

Written by A K Whitehead

Why People Are Not Healed - And How To Prevent It by A K Whitehead

Why are some people not healed when we pray with them?

This is one ofrepparttar most recurrent questions inrepparttar 126946 Christian healing ministry. Everyone who has prayed with others for their healing has experiencerepparttar 126947 apparent lack of response to their prayer. Yetrepparttar 126948 gospels lead us to believe that Jesus wishes everyone to be healed. Why, then, are some not healed?

Inrepparttar 126949 book I wrote with my wife, "The Keys To Praying For Healing", we discuss this at some length. There is no simple answer to that question. A range of possible answers lies both withrepparttar 126950 pray-er and withrepparttar 126951 prayed-for. This article briefly considersrepparttar 126952 latter.

Investigating these sets of causes will greatly increase your effectiveness in praying with people for healing.

1. The Cause Can Lead To The Cure This can often be closely related torepparttar 126953 latter point. Find out all you can about howrepparttar 126954 condition came about. For example, were other people involved? Are they being blamed? Is God himself held to be blamed? The latter is not uncommon. Frequentlyrepparttar 126955 key to healing lies inrepparttar 126956 cause ofrepparttar 126957 complaint.

Check-out as many possible factors like these as you can. Often time is very limited, of course. But some occasions do permit time for more thorough investigation. This is especially so if you hold healing sessions at home or through church facilities. There is no need to be crude about this. Just keep such possibilities in mind as you questionrepparttar 126958 person.

2. Lack Of Belief By The Suffer While this problem is most likely to arise in expected instances, there will also be unexpected ones. Inrepparttar 126959 former case, one might expect "marginal" Christians to have little expectation of healing.Yet sometimes these people are remarkably open torepparttar 126960 healing love of Jesus. They may seem to us to be onrepparttar 126961 fringes of Christianity, but there are sometimes quite, at least to them, valid reasons for their apparent lack of involvement inrepparttar 126962 Body of Christ.

Sometimes people whom we expect to be open are not. On occasions there are hidden reasons for this. If so, we need to try and discover them and, in difficult cases, tease them out. Sensitivity and a lack of judgementalism are extremely important in ministering. People will tend to close up inrepparttar 126963 face of crudeness and an apparent lack of real concern for them.

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