More than 185 evangelical leaders from 50 countries met in Queretaro, Mexico, in September to examine the impact of the globalized economy on the poor. The event was hosted by the U.K.-based Micah Network.
"Market fundamentalism, which asserts the irrelevance of nation states and fosters economic imperialism, is a very serious threat not only to the survival of the poor, but also to open societies everywhere," states the document from the conference. Conference participants examined how scripture instructs mission in an increasingly globalized world in which the poor, while promised more, find themselves economically and socially marginalized and culturally impoverished.
"For Christians, resistance to the consumer society—a system built on false assumptions and distorted values—is not optional," they concluded. "The problems that global capitalism poses are not merely, nor even primarily, economic or technical, but moral and spiritual."