What is wrong with our economy?
Last night, I participated in a discussion about raising fast food workers’ wages to $15. Later, as I lay in bed, the real problem (and solution) of the situation came to me.
The real problem? In the words of G. K. Chesterton, “I am.”
The fundamental issue is selfishness. In a panic, each looks strictly to his own interests. And I think you’ll find it across all levels: workers, management, government, unions, companies. Moving your company overseas so you can raise profits? That’s selfishness. Doing your job at a minimal level because you’re not paid enough? That’s selfishness.
I find at the heart of pretty much every single argument laid out is selfishness and fear. We have forgotten and laid aside the words of Philippians 2: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
Of course, when G. K. Chesterton said those words, he wasn’t answering what’s wrong with our economy. He was answering a much bigger question: “What is wrong with the world?” And his answer was one of a man who understands the first step of the Gospel, the utter brokenness of self.
May we come to understand the Gospel in whole and seek to live it out, not only in our economy, but in this nation, and the world at large.