Godonomics: How to Save Our Country--and Protect Your Wallet--Through Biblical Principles of Finance

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Godonomics is an incredible comparison of biblical economics and the culture. A real eye-opener.”
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God’s Solution to Every Financial Crisis
 
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Overview

Godonomics is an incredible comparison of biblical economics and the culture. A real eye-opener.”
—Josh McDowell, coauthor of Undaunted and The Unshakable Truth
 
God’s Solution to Every Financial Crisis
 
Those who fail to learn from history may not get a chance to repeat it. Some economists have said the years of robust economic growth and expanding opportunity are gone for good. But are they reading the right text?
 
Godonomics explores the core biblical teachings that provide the only practical, dependable solution to economic uncertainty. And now this innovative approach is enhanced by a new guide to help parents mentor their children from grade school to young adulthood. Every season of parenting gives you a new opportunity to equip your children with the vision and tools they need to lay the foundation for financial success.
 
By following Scripture’s guidelines we can ensure the financial well-being of our families—no matter what might happen on the national or global stage. Let Godonomics show you why a strong work ethic, saving over borrowing, generous giving, and the reduction of entitlements combine to form the only path to economic stability and financial health.

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Cincinnati pastor Chad Hovind doesn't view the economy, public debt, or interest rates as a political party or ideological matter; he sees it as a biblical issue. His Godonomics crystallizes his views about the core teachings that should be utilized to save us from wrong-headed politicians. (P.S. Hovind has been a featured guest on the Glenn Beck show.)

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Praise for Godonomics

“Godonomics is a thoughtful critique of the theories that control the world of commerce and shape the lives of men and nations. Chad Hovind challenges us to reassess doing business as usual.”
—Dr. Peter A. Lillback, president of Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

“Chad Hovind offers a creative and compelling case for the constitutional framework for government. He also provides practical financial principles that will help you make wise decisions with your money.”
—Shane F. Krauser, author of Your Nation to Save, director of the American Academy for Constitutional Education 

“A truly brilliant breakdown of what the Bible says about the economy. Godonomics touches on everything from profit and charity to capitalism and taxes. Everyone should get a copy.”
—Governor Mike Huckabee, host of television’s “Huckabee” 

Godonomics is an incredible comparison of biblical economics and the culture. A real eye-opener.”
—Josh D. McDowell, popular speaker, coauthor of Undaunted and The Unshakable Truth

“Simple enough to teach kids but researched enough for The Wall Street Journal. Godonomics is the truth project of economics.”
—Bob McEwen, former six-term member of Congress and popular lecturer on free-market economics

“Chad Hovind brings a reasonable voice to the convinced and the unconvinced. Godonomics applies God’s wisdom on economics both to individuals and nations. You will learn about the Bible’s prescription to secure our nation’s future economic health.”
—David Barton, founder and president of WallBuilders

Godonomics helps us understand economics by taking us back to the source and the reason for our wealth: God Himself. You will come away understanding money and God better, and understanding better why money makes such a lousy god.”
—R. C. Sproul, Jr., author of Biblical Economics: A Commonsense Guide to Our Daily Bread

“Chad Hovind is sharp, bold, courageous, and he gets it. Godonomics is superbly done.”
—Jim Garlow, author of How God Saved Civilization, lead pastor of Skyline Church, San Diego

“Using God’s Word regarding financial principles, you can now be bold in speaking out against false teachings. Your entire family will learn from this important book.” 
—Mark Whitacre, PhD, president of operations and COO of Cypress Systems, Inc.

Godonomics is thought-provoking, courageous, and relevant. Pastor Hovind, in this brilliant work, causes us to remember that ‘In God We Trust’.”
—Reverend C. L. Bryant, former NAACP chapter president, FreedomWorks fellow, creator of the documentary film Runaway Slave

“Chad Hovind reveals how the Bible supports free enterprise and entrepreneurship. You’ll laugh and learn as he weaves together biblical history, philosophy, and a passion for business with references to Adam Smith, C. S. Lewis, Milton Friedman, and even Steve Martin.”
—Glenn Beck, host of The Glenn Beck Program, author of Cowards: What Politicians, Radicals, and the Media Refuse to Say

“Godonomics reveals an approach to money and our country that is common sense, not just another attempt to politicize the gospel. Unlike Christian leaders who use biblical knowledge to advance political agendas, Chad Hovind is politically aware but biblically motivated. The Kingdom-first approach is evident.”
—Jerry Robinson, economist, author of Bankruptcy of Our Nation, radio host of Follow the Money (FTM)
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601424792
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/15/2014
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,368,731
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Chad Hovind is lead pastor of Horizon Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is creator of and contributor to the Fast Track Bible video series, as well as the Godonomics, Moneywise, and Living Proof DVD series. Hovind speaks frequently at conferences and events sponsored by marketplace ministries. He holds degrees in communication and pastoral ministries from Moody Bible Institute. 

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Introduction

What Does God Say About Economics?

What you don’t know can hurt you. We ignore the power of ideas at our own peril. All ideas, right or wrong, have spiritual, practical, or economic consequences.

Economics is an inexact science at best. Economists draw from the study of mathematics, statistics and probability, past economic trends, and a guiding philosophy that a particular school of economic theory provides the brightest light to follow. It’s a little like weather forecasting, except that meteorology doesn’t affect your retirement by getting mixed up in political skirmishes and power struggles at the highest levels of government. Not to mention that a faulty weather forecast will never destroy your family’s finances or blot out a secure economic future. Don’t dismiss these possibilities as things that  happen only in other countries or to other people. You and your family, your friends and neighbors, and the country you love can all be caught in the aftermath of a financial hurricane if America continues on its irresponsible and unsustainable economic path.

Here is what our leaders in both major parties do not seem to understand: political solutions can never put us on a sound economic footing. Politics is not interested primarily in the good of the nation. Instead, politics has to do with gaining and exercising power over your opponents, rewarding your biggest donors, and benefitting the priority constituencies of your party. If, in doing these things, you also accomplish something that is good for the country at large, that’s great. But such an outcome is more an afterthought in the political process than it is a primary focus.

That might sound cynical, but if you fear I have cast my lot with the naysayers rather than choosing to work for a solution, keep reading. Recognizing why things are not working is the first step toward correcting the things that have gone terribly wrong.

The problem is that our nation’s leaders look to deals and compromise to determine policy and enact legislation, and they are guided by political and economic ideologies that shape their values and priorities. They need, instead, the guidance of a fixed standard and a voice that speaks outside of our time and culture. In a world filled with donkeys, elephants, and rhinos, we need a lion that can roar timeless, common-sense principles that are not beholden to any party, time period, or cultural shift.

What our nation’s leaders have missed is the one reliable, unfailing source of direction and wisdom that is available to us. If we continue to ignore God’s guidance in the economic realm—at the levels of individuals, families, and the nation—we can be sure we’ll end up losing even more of our freedom and personal wealth. We will be living in a country weakened by economic failure and wondering how the greatest nation in history could have been brought to such a depressing state of financial and ethical bankruptcy.

But that doesn’t have to happen. The voice of the people can still carry the day. I am not suggesting a new Reformation that takes on a political identity. Nor am I calling for a theocracy in which Americans would be required to adhere to the doctrines of Christianity. In our republic, the voice and will of a majority of the citizens still possess the power to move our nation in a different direction—if we are united.

Why Godonomics?

What is Godonomics, and why is it the best way to solve the deepening economic dilemma we face as a nation, as families, and as individuals? Godonomics is, as the name suggests, God’s teachings and wisdom in the realm of finance and economics. When you study the Bible, you find that God’s agenda for nations, families, and individuals is not hard to understand. But it is not easy to apply, either. It requires commitment, restraint, godly priorities, hard work, and generosity, among other virtues. These words are not used a lot in political campaigns, because candidates for office prefer to paint their policies in terms of solutions that won’t require hardship, sacrifice, or major shifts in priorities. God, of course, is not swayed by the results of opinion polls or the planks in a party platform.

And here is what is so refreshing in the principles of Godonomics: they make perfect sense. Speaking to us today through the scribes who recorded God’s message over millenniums, God’s plan for economic sanity, financial responsibility, and prosperity apply directly to the mess we are in today. Americans need to know that the options are not limited to Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Socialist, Tea Party, and all other groups working to gain influence and power. While each one claims to have the secret to solving our broken economy, only God’s principles will lead us out of the quagmire we’re in. I believe that when Godonomics becomes widely known, and more and more people begin to apply God’s principles at home, in their businesses, and in their communities, they will see for themselves that this is the solution we’ve been looking for.

Today’s failed economic policies are nothing new. In the chapters that follow, we will look at ancient kings who seem to have taken their cues straight from John Maynard Keynes—except that Keynes would not be born for another three thousand years. We will look at the words and thinking of God-inspired leaders from Israel who recorded wisdom on leadership, government, citizenship, and personal responsibility—all of which helped guide the founders of the United States as they created our nation’s legal and constitutional foundation. The same ancient wisdom undergirded the economic system that helped establish America as the most secure and prosperous country on earth.

Beyond that, the first Christ-followers applied these principles as individuals and families, and in congregations and fellowships. God’s instructions are not vague or hard to understand. They simply require single-mindedness, hard work, generosity, and steadfast commitment. But following His instructions brings unmatched freedom, opportunity, and self-directed prosperity.

Godonomics seeks to bring God’s economic principles to the forefront, so we can set our lives, our families’ futures, and our nation on a sound financial footing—now and for the future. But there is a second—even more important—reason why Godonomics is so crucial. A rapidly growing movement has lured believers away from God’s principles on finances and convinced them that socialism is, according to Scripture, the economic system that is most consistent with God’s will.

Younger Christians, especially, are intrigued by persuasive Christian authors, speakers, and bloggers who emphasize giving priority to helping the poor by taking from others or empowering intrusive governments. They use the term social justice to advocate a shift of the economic balance in favor of those who are not producing wealth. They justify this stance with verses from the Bible, primarily from the Sermon on the Mount, the book of Acts, or selections from the Old Testament, without seeing the broader contexts.

Growing numbers of younger Christians, who are largely unaware of the divine wisdom behind Godonomics, now consider socialism to be the economic system that God endorses. Advocates of this teaching do not call it socialism, of course. They use words such as compassion, justice, even gospel, to legitimize their goal of shifting wealth away from those who are productive and creating opportunities for others, and toward those who are said to be disadvantaged and marginalized.

I have pastored inner-city congregations that aggressively addressed the challenge and harm of generational poverty. I also have pastored suburban churches that are insulated from the plight of starving neighbors. I’ve been humbled to lead people from a variety of perspectives: One church was racially diverse while others were lily white. Some congregations were predominantly “blue state,” while others were much more politically conservative. I’ve learned that people of all backgrounds and perspectives love our country, have a common-sense approach to life, and are not nearly as divided personally as the leaders they elect portray.

It is time for Christians and all Americans to join together to protect our heritage and to restore strength, stability, and prosperity to our nation. At the same time, it is essential that this be done from the bottom up, generated by individuals and families who take seriously God’s wisdom on managing and stewarding their finances. Change will begin to take place only when citizens—both Christian and otherwise—act on the framework and guidelines upon which our nation was built. That is when we will see families prosper and our nation regain economic strength.

In the chapters that follow, we will look at the ideas and outcomes of leading thinkers and practitioners. We will examine policies based on economic theories that produced wealth and elevated the standard of living across the board, as well as those that weakened capitalism and, as a result, our nation. We will take a close look at capitalism’s most influential foe, Karl Marx, and the current American spokesman for the rechristened social gospel, Jim Wallis, head of Sojourners.

There is nothing more personal than your next paycheck, your financial future, and your family’s freedom, security, and well-being. So let’s see what God would say if He were talking individually to the economic thinkers and political leaders who shape and enact the policies that govern our country. These are the policies that have an impact in your town, in your home, and on your wallet. Let’s get started.

Godonomics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    If you recognize there is something very wrong with the directio

    If you recognize there is something very wrong with the direction our economy has been heading and believe something
    needs to change and you want some clear language to help you explain not only what it should look like but also practical advice on
    how to get there, I recommend reading this book! Hovind brings the reader in with logic, humor and clear to understand language
     about this daunting topic of our country’s economy and then gives some very practical ways to make positive changes in both
     your personal finances and that of our country.  

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    Chad is spot on with this book. His ability to articulate what

    Chad is spot on with this book. His ability to articulate what the world needs to hear about finance is perfect. If we truly apply these principles, the world would literally be transformed. As a family, we are implementing his guidelines and appreciate his sound and Godly advice. The scriptures are truth and his ability to break it down and easily articulate it will help millions. Thanks Chad for telling us what we need to hear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    Chad Hovind has the rare ability to explain complex concepts in

    Chad Hovind has the rare ability to explain complex concepts in practical, understandable terms. His humor makes this process enjoyable. I highly recommend Chad's 'Godonomics' to any and all who seek answers to troubling economic questions. We are honored to include Chad's autographed books on Open Door Community Mall, launching September 11, 2013.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    Finally ¿ a non-partisan journey through American Economics! Pra

    Finally — a non-partisan journey through American Economics!
    Practical! Historical! Down-to-earth! Non-partisan! If the timely message of the principles found in this manuscript were applied to American economics, the trajectory of the entire nation would do a 180! Rather than another doomsday cry, Godonomics presents positive, proven principles for the success of an individual, a family, and even a nation! Humor mixed with the well-documented research make Chad Hovind's book not only a must-read, but a fun-read! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Chad Hovind's book is excellent. If you are ¿too busy¿ to read

    Chad Hovind's book is excellent. If you are “too busy” to read it, the Godonomics DVD is just as informative and also entertaining fun to watch! Creative approach. Chad has the courage to tackle the bible, economics and politics in the same book. Protect your wallet and save our country – a double bonus here! For those of you disappointed in the present state of affairs and ask “What can I do?” Get started…read/watch Godonomics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    Creationist crap from son of a federal tax fraud convict

    Seriously, you're going to look for personal financial advice from these goofballs? Hint: if this nonsense worked, the author wouldn't be visiting Dad in the federal pen.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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