Paradise Lost

The study of Meekonomics is at its core an economic study.  Economics is a social science that is concern with the way things like production and consumption work together but it is also closely associated with behavioural psychology, politics, religion and philosophy.  Since the study of economics covers such a broad range of disciplines it has been called the Worldly Philosophy.   With that in mind we must approach a study of Meekonomics with a clear understanding of how worldly things, work and why they work the way they do.  We need then to turn our attention to what happened to God’s Perfect Economy and why it’s so hard for us to return to that original design.    

Tragedy strikes just three chapters into the Genesis story, before we get any chance to see God’s Perfect Economy at work, and the whole thing is destroyed.  There have been volumes written on the so called “Fall of Man” and what it means.   But the bottom line is that God’s plan for humanity is broken and the consequences of this brokenness permeate every facet of society, including economics.

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
    through painful toil you will eat food from it
    all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you
    and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
    you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
    since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
    and to dust you will return.”[Genesis 3:17-19]

Toil, sweat, dust, or more to the point death, that is what we now have in store.  This is the point of divergence between God’s economy and mankind’s attempt to go our own way. 

Another way of reading the original Hebrew text could more accurately describe the tree of knowledge that Adam and Eve ate from as the tree of “I’ll decide for myself.”  After this point mankind was no longer in fellowship with God and he has to decide for himself how to balance the ruler and caretaker mentality.  Unfortunately rulers are by definition stronger than caretakers and it isn’t long until the characteristics that make up our ruler mentality start to dominate human society and politics.

 After the fall all manner of sin, or missing the mark, enters history as mankind continually tries and fails to recreate paradise on his own.  It is not my intention to catalogue the many ways in which we miss the mark that would take volumes and is beyond the scope of this work.  However there are a few basic sins we continually commit that reinforce the war between our two competing natures and make impossible for us to return to paradise on our own.  These mutually reinforced sins permanently separate us from God’s perfect economy; they are Jealousy, Greed and Lust for Power.

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