As I continue final edits for the second edition of Meekonomics here’s a short expert from the end of Chapter Three – Thou Shall Not Covet (and other lessons from the law of Moses).
None of it works…
Ever since the fall of mankind we have been at war within ourselves and consequently with each other and with God in a vain attempt to satisfy two seemingly incompatible motivations both to rule over and take care of everything we see. The implications and casualties of this war permeate every facet of society not the least of which manifests itself in economics.
At the very end of the Jewish law books, just as the Israelites are ready to enter the Promised Land, at what should be the greatest moment in their history, God calls Moses to him and says in a nut shell, “you know all this law stuff; all these rules to show the people how to live? – none of it’s going to work!”
When I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, the land I promised on oath to their ancestors, and when they eat their fill and thrive, they will turn to other gods and worship them, rejecting me and breaking my covenant. [Deuteronomy 31:20]
It won’t work because it doesn’t get at the heart of the issue. What is required to break the cycle of conflict is a relationship with God based on an understanding of his sovereignty. God knew that the law could only take the people so far and that without love, humility and gratitude the ruler mentality would find a way to break free and start the war all over again.
God’s Perfect Economy isn’t about rulers and caretakers, it’s about relationships.