2 Corinthians 8:14-15

It’s dangerous territory to pick a verse from the Bible and try to build an argument from it, especially if the verse is taken out of context or is used to serve an agenda … but never-the-less:

2 Corinthians 8:14-15 (Paul) – “(14) At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, (15) as it is written: ‘He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.'”

The way I read this is that 15 basically says ‘those who make the big bucks need to help out those who don’t make jack so that they will have enough’ (notice that both groups do work (‘gather’), though some workers have little return for their efforts). 14 explains why doing this makes sense: in helping out the poor, you are actually not depriving yourself, because they will be in a position to return the favor, etc. (what goes around comes around).

If this doesn’t make sense to you, consider the aquarium metaphor, with oxygen-rich water circulating throughout.

Trickle Down Economics is an example of a Circulation Theory, but it fails because of the trickle-out problem. But Bubble-up Economics (via Productivity-Oriented Social Programs) solves this problem, ensuring that the poor get their opportunity BEFORE the money disappears.

Also, notice that Paul doesn’t say, ‘those who have little are screwed, they should get a better job – it’s their own problem, not mine’. Ex: Without your trash men, your neighborhood would be overrun with disease and filth, so give them the respect they deserve … and paycheck too.

Also, notice that Paul describes this ‘economic circulation’ as ‘equality’!

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