Thinking theonomically

Thinking theonomically means make the commitment to align economic decisions with theological reflection; people of faith have to live in an economy, even the hermit is at least theoretically self sufficient. As economic agents we all purchase, consume, share, donate, transform, borrow, lend and invest. So, the only question is what set of beliefs guide our economic activity. From an ethical perspective can we be sure that our economic decisions promote the good life. 

In 2013 can are economic decisions herald the Year of the Lord’s favour? If this is to be the case we need to be far more than passive agents, we need to be proactive, we need to consider what it means to be a steward over creation, we need to think through our attitudes to the poor and¬†marginalized, we may need to stop prizing convenience as a primary purchasing impulse. We need to understand that everything, including economic activity, begins with an attitude of the heart.

Perhaps most strikingly we need to reflect on various salvation parables: the Good Samaritan, Lazarus and the Rich Man, the Parable of the Sheep and Goats. These parables are both explicitly salvific and economic. Food for thought.