Historically, the Christian right, when it dabbled in economics, would have been most closely aliened with Adam Smith (The Wealth of Nations) and Fredrick Hyack (The Road to Serfdom). These economists outlined how the standard of living went up when people specialized and traded with each other. The “natural” inclination to better oneself played out with minimum government. Now, religious bloggers are trying to justify President Trump as he inserts government between two trading parties with tariffs.
The link author claims he is adamantly opposed to tariffs. Yet his hero, President Trump, is adamantly in favor of them.
The U. S., he says, has taxes that are too high and too many regulations. Tariffs are needed until these things are fixed. Then we can drop the tariffs and return to free trade, he thinks.
Trump has never said he would drop the tariffs as soon as government taxes and regulations are reduced. And, what if he drops taxes and regulations and manufacturing jobs still keep going south. Jobs and goods have crossed borders since the beginning of time under both Democrats and Republicans and will continue.
Stopping the movement of jobs and people across borders has been correctly called “national suicide.” Those who benefit within a country get richer and those who are harmed get poorer. Experience has shown isolationism lowers the standard of living on average.
Religious people who claim an interest in economics should just admit their real hang up. It is abortion and gay marriage.