Wealth Creation

Creating Wealth

Creating Wealth is Better than Curing Poverty


Darrow Milleris co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance and a conference speaker ontopics that include Christianity and culture, apologetics, worldview, poverty,and the dignity of women. From 1981 to 2007 Darrow served with Food for theHungry International and spent three years on staff at L’Abri Fellowship inSwitzerland where he was discipled by Francis Schaeffer.


When Iworked for a relief and development organization, I became convinced that lackof resources was not the primary cause of poverty. I came to see that the rootcause of poverty–and the cure of poverty–lies in a peoples’worldview.

Are human beings merelyanimals to be fed, or are they the image bearers of God? Do people merelyconsume wealth or do they create wealth? Do resources come from the groundor from the mind?


Ouranswers to these questions will reflect one of two fundamentally differentparadigms: an Atheistic worldview and a Biblical worldview.


Manyparties in the development community–both NGOs and government agencies–functionfrom an atheist/materialist worldview: “People cannot help themselves; we mustsend money.” The result? Brokers and bureaucrats are personally enriched, localproducers are undercut, and very few poor people are affected at all.


If youdoubt that, you would well to listen to Kenyan economist James Shikwati. Foryears, I have looked for voices in the developing world who understand that thesolution to poverty lies in free men and women creating wealth.Shikwati is one of those voices. His candid interview, entitled ForGod’s Sake, Please Stop the Aid, is electric and refreshing.


Ibecame aware of another welcome model–PovertyCure–on a recent trip to Asia. This is a one-year-old-and-growing internationalnetwork of organizations that champions the creative potential of the poorand seeks to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of the developing world.


Thefolks at Poverty Cure understand that the questions we ask determine theanswers we get, and the solutions we craft. (How tragic to ask the wrongquestion and spend a lifetime creating the wrong solutions!) Poverty Cureastutely states:

Instead of asking whatcauses poverty, we begin to ask, what causes wealth? What are the conditionsfor human flourishing from which prosperity can grow? And how can we create andprotect the space for people to live out their freedom and responsibilities?

Go here tosee a short, hard-hitting video that makes the Poverty Cure argument.


KrisAlan Mauren, Executive Director of the Acton Institute, has written a veryclear article, What’sBehind Poverty Cure. Here are a couple of paragraphs:

Floods of Western aidserve not to lift developing countries out of poverty, but only to poison theirhomegrown industries, to promote unrest within their borders, and ultimately,to strip away the dignity of their people. At the risk of sounding trite, thesolution to Africa’s problems is Africa; its people — not neocolonialist U.N.bureaucrats — are best equipped to solve the crises of hunger and disease the continentfaces.


In thebattle of ideas, there are some hard lessons to be learned from the global Waron Poverty. Billions upon billions of dollars have been spent to aid developingcountries (almost $50 billion by the United States in 2010 alone) and yet, whenwe look for results, we find little fruit. U.N. diplomats, the Department ofState, and Hollywood, can present tantalizing figures as “the amount of aidthat would end hunger forever,” and there’s a great deal of emotional pull inthat argument. But, inconvenient though it may be, feelings don’t alleviatepoverty, and neither do the hefty but seemingly blank checks we’ve been writingfor years.


One ofthe leaders of Poverty Cure is Lord Brian Griffiths. Lord Griffiths taught atthe School of Economics from 1965 to 1976 and was a director of the Bank ofEngland from 1983 to 1985. He was appointed by Prime Minister MargaretThatcher to serve as a chief architect of the government’s privatizationand deregulation programs and was responsible for domestic policy-making.

More recently, Lord Griffithswas vice chairman of Goldman Sachs International, and serves with PovertyCure. We published thispost about Griffiths afew months ago.


In hisbook, The Creation ofWealth (IVP),Griffiths demonstrates that poverty’s cure is found in wealth’s creation,not its redistribution. The book was instrumentalin my own thinking.

You can read about wealth creationin the DNA books DisciplingNations and TheForest in the Seed. Griffiths’s chapter, TheTheological Dimension, (from TheCreation of Wealth) isvery worthwhile reading as well.



Why America is so RICH!

They key to America's wealth is free enterprise in which the wealth one produces, one is able to keep. Other economic systems will often kill the incentive to work and produce products because the government will steal what one produces and redistribute that wealth to those that are poor and often refuse to work. The following video gives a historic overview for how these principles work.

Why American is so RICH!