Book Review: “The Covenantal Structure of Christian Economics” (Gary North, 2014) Part 15

by Andrew McColl, 26/5/2015

 

  1. The promise of economic growth was unique in the ancient world. Only the Hebrews

believed that this is possible. One confirmation of the God’s covenant with His redeemed people is economic growth (Deut. 8:17–18). This means that covenant-keepers should expect economic growth if they remain faithful. The compounding effect of economic growth is promised as a confirmation of compound ethical progress, which theologians call progressive sanctification.

The promise of compound economic growth was a promise to individuals and families

that comprised the covenantal community. The promise had to do with individual progressive

ethical sanctification: adherence to the boundaries of law. Progressive ethical sanctification is

rewarded with greater wealth: a reduction of the boundaries imposed by scarcity. This in turn

produces national wealth by means of a greater division of labor (p.169).

People respond to promises. We really ought to respond to God’s promises, with obedience and faithfulness. We also ought to respond with courage and steadfast labour, in whatever field He has called us to. His promise that “if you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land” (Isa.1:22), should encourage us to consent and obey.

Obedience is to be long-term: for life. That means we should “stick to our knitting.” What are you good at? What do you like doing? What do you feel called to? That is what you probably should do with your life. It is almost certainly your calling.

Over time, you should get better at it. Over time, you start to know where most of the pit-falls are. Over time, greater competency develops. And over time, you become a reliable, “go-to” person. People can call on you in your specific zone of speciality, and you should be one of those people who can bless them with the best help.

This is why it is needful that Christians be “Steady Eddy.” They know why they are here, what they can do, and how it will get done. They aren’t interested in being “Flash Harry.” They don’t care about making waves, and getting a lot of attention.

They aren’t really interested in other people’s callings, because other people’s callings aren’t theirs. They are about their Father’s business, because they know that is where there will be blessing for them, and others.

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