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Spencer Graf

ECON 211
Dr. Howard
December 9, 2015
General Education and Microeconomics

Part 1

Throughout this semester in microeconomics, Dr. Howard has
taught us on the various aspects of microeconomics with one lens; how
can we as Christians pursue human flourishing through our choices?
Not only can this be applied to a Christian worldview, but also to all of
life. Making choices completely separate from Christianity, Dr. Howard
has always challenged us to make the choice that benefits human
flourishing the most. One example that hit me at home the most was
with our stewardship of money. God continually calls on us to be good
stewards of what He gives us, promising that the little we do well with
will grow into more blessing. I can connect this with another one of my
current classes, New Testament. In the New Testament Paul continually
calls on believers to be good stewards of themselves and the Gospel
we preach to others. This means that, along with our money, we must
set ourselves apart from everyone else and provide the example of the
Gospel through our deeds and actions. God reminds us that everything
we see is His, every single thing. Good stewardship is something that
God also called us to when He first created us, starting with Adam. In
my other class Natural Disasters, Dr. Moshier has often commented on
disasters that could have been prevented or have been made less
severe if humankind had taken better stewardship of the earth. Our
class had a guest lecturer speak on the topic of God and natural
disasters, saying that not the disaster itself but the effects of the event
expose humanity and its’ vulnerabilities. Pollution, resource depletion,
and over-population have made disasters catastrophes because men,
women, and children are put in places they shouldn’t be; a tsunami
becomes more deadly when the poor and impoverished are placed
along the coastline, providing evidence of poor stewardship of those
people who God made also. On the other hand, studying the New
Testament has provided me with a new outlook on how to approach
microeconomics as well. Reading the New Testament in depth this
semester challenged me to constantly try to find new ways to serve
God with my money. This might be tithing, donating it to charity, or
even just simply saving it (which is Biblical!). Natural disasters taught
me that when it comes to economics, I should always think about
others as well as myself. When I buy something, am I contributing to
solid waste pollution? Are my financial decisions helping myself and
others pursue human flourishing?
Part 2

Microeconomics encompasses various facets of choice, money,
and people. Of course making an economical decision that is best for
you cannot always be the best for someone else. But sometimes a
decision that you have no choice to make can benefit more people
than just yourself. An example of this could be working in society.
Working a job, an individual obviously contributes to the immediate
area they are in, providing value to their employer, but also to the
community as a whole. Working is a responsibility of everyone who is
able, helping to provide into Social Security for those who cannot.
When I received my first real sizeable paycheck (above $20 and not
from my paper route), I immediately saw that I had money taken out
for FICA, Medicare, and Medicaid. I was of course not happy with this
because that was my hard earned money going to people who I didn’t
know, much less people whom I wanted to give my money to. Later
that week my family got together with my grandparents who are both
retired, old, and on Medicaid. Little did I know that my money was in
some way going to them to provide for their medicine, their doctor
visits, and other expenses that they simply could not afford without
working full-time. If able, work is something that everyone must do and
unfortunately in the United States the welfare program is something
that people have to rely on to sustain their lack of income from a job.
While some cases are indeed valid, it seems that some people
disregard working as something plausible since Uncle Same gives them
a check every month. This is highly unfortunate because it detracts
from our goal as not only Christians but also as a country to further
everyone’s welfare.