John of Locust and Honey wrote:
One of the ironies of human life is that greed and wealth are inherently at odds with Christian teaching, but it is only greed which creates wealth and only wealth that can give to the poor. Capitalism, as an economic system, does the most good for the most number of people, but is predicated on unChristian premises. I know of no resolution to this dilemma.
The Wesleyan solution is to earn all you can so that you can give all you can, but is not poverty greater where there is no capital investment?
Would a society where people did not invest their excess money but gave it away have more or less poverty?
What if Jesus were, gasp, a supply sider conservative? Here's an animated clip by Wes Ball, from a satirical comic strip in Al Franken's 2003 book Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them-A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right (original artwork by Don Simpson).
[Pontius Pilate summons our hero]
Pontius Pilate: Bring me this King of the Jews that I might meet him .. This Supply Side Jesus.
[Supply Side Jesus Arrive]
Pontius Pilate: So you're Supply Side Jesus ... What a magnificent robe you have.
Supply Side Jesus: Because of this robe, ten craftsmen were able to feed their families! The goldsmith who made the trim and the filigree was able to hire an apprentice because I paid him so handsomely.
Pontius Pilate: And what a beautiful haircut you have, Supply Side Jesus!
Supply Side Jesus: The barber who gave me this haircut was able to hire a manicurist ... She had been a prostitute but because I needed a pedicure, she is now able to fulfill her true potential.
Pontius Pilate: Yes, the cuticles are absolutely perfect!