The Bible and Economics (4)

Sanctions

But God did not execute this sentence [on Adam and Eve] immediately. That is, He did not declare man dead finally. In fact, He offered both time and hope to man: the possibility of deliverance. Both time and hope were explicit in His curse on the serpent: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Gen. 3:15). Both Satan and mankind would receive extra time before the final death sentence is imposed (Rev. 20:14-15). This was an act of grace on God’s part: a gift unearned by either Satan or mankind. God promised that the seed of the woman would someday crush the head of the serpent. The final sanction of death for the serpent, and therefore for the one whom the serpent represented judicially, would be imposed by man. This surely was grace to Adam: not merely a stay of execution but a guarantee of the reversal of at least some of his heirs’ legal status as covenant-breakers.[1]

We believers are to be people who live by faith in God, and this means we have to have faith in His Word. We know what He has said, so we are responsible to act on this. This means we are obligated morally, ethically and practically to be playing our part in Christian reconstruction.

What does this mean?

We understand there are implications for individuals, families, churches, societies and nations, flowing from the fact that “the seed of the woman will bruise the head of the servant” (Gen.3:15). We know this relates directly to the cross and the resurrection, but also to us, the church, and the future. Paul refers to this indirectly, when he points out that

…when the fullness of time came, God sent forth His son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons (Gal.4:4-5).

Thus reconstruction is an inevitable responsibility for believers. It was a man and a woman who fell in the garden, and victory has been won by a man, Jesus Christ.

But this is not all, for we have to act on this victory. Wicked men nailed Jesus to the cross, but we must be preparing nails for humanism’s coffin. And we do this by raising up the Biblical alternative, the Christian model of society.

We cannot merely hope for this to come about, though hope is important. The D-Day invasion of Europe in June 1944 needed more than hope. Lots of practical planning was essential, if it would be successful.

If our plan for reconstruction is to be successful, it will have to be broad, and it will need to encompass economics, because every aspect of human behaviour has been corrupted by the Fall of man, and economics is clearly one of these.

One critical aspect of reconstruction is that it cannot be limited to individuals, families and churches. These are merely the points where we begin. To limit it to these, would be like claiming that D-Day in 1944 for the Germans, was only an issue at some beaches in northern France. The fact is that man fell in the garden, and he fell in his entirety, and this includes his intellect. Redemption inevitably means the utter transformation of the thought of man, and this includes his economic thought.

Christians have tended to set these issues aside, believing that this was not the realm for Christian activity; that we must surely deal with what is important for the souls of people, and leave the realms of government, politics and economics to others to manage, as though it would be too much for us. But this notion has been a recipe for disaster, clearly evident from the twentieth century, when godless men accepted and acted on the foolish dreams of Keynesian economics, leading to all manner of drama and pain. And while they did, the church was silent.

Keynesian economics is still believed today in the halls of power. So inevitably, another unnecessary economic crisis will befall us which will lead to great pain worldwide, and that will include believers and churches.

Leave any realm in the hands of unbelievers, and they will do their best to ruin it, for they ignore the tools of dominion. This is why Biblical reconstruction is essential, and Christians need to be educated in the fundamentals of applied Christianity.

Conclusion:

God has not instructed the heirs of His kingdom to be sitting around playing cards or sleeping, when their great king has gone forth to conquer. His infantry are to be in the field, chasing the serpents, rats and scorpions out of every household they occupy, and putting them to death.

For our great king has triumphed over His enemies, as He said He would. Thus we are to be in the field of war, doing battle with the remnants of His scattered and disheartened opposition. And no part of the world, including the world of ideas and beliefs, is to be left alone, for everything and everybody will acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Is that something you’re preparing for?

 

 

 

[1] Gary North, “Christian Economics in One Lesson,” 2016, ‘Scarcity and Ownership.’

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