TGR-S3E1: Money, Sex, Power and God (Oikotics)

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This Tuesday on July 7th, 2020 we kick off Season 3 of The Great Reset by introducing oikotics, a novel discipline that unifies economics, politics, psychology & religion.

Question: What is the most useful and healthy way to think about money?

Perspective: Money is the most decentralized mechanism yet for a society to distribute Resources, Status and Relationships. As such, it complements — and competes with! — family, religion, and the state.

Perhaps the greatest glory of Western civilization has been how seriously it has sustained a creative dialogue around these issues, albeit over different timescales:

It’s greatest shame is perhaps that it has never truly reconciled them. This is also our opportunity!

Oikotics

I propose a new cross-cutting discipline called oikotics focused on “the flourishing of households,” especially families. The goal is to design governance, markets, and churches that support families in ways that enable children to flourish.As opposed to treating families as an obstacle, the way Plato and his descendants did (and do); as understandable and necessary as that may have been, at the time.

The Four Jobs

In particular, oikotics asserts a primary “job-to-be-done” for each role:

  • Society: elevate the next generation by enabling healthy families
  • Family: ensure children Experience, Demonstrate & Understand the love of Christ
  • Body of Christ: model how to keep doing those better, to the whole world
  • Money: reward behavior that furthers those jobs

Verses

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:21

You cannot serve both God and money.

Matthew 6:24

For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. 

1 Timothy 6:10

“The worker deserves his wages.”

1 Timothy 5:18

“The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

2 Thessalonians 3:10

Selling their possessions and goods, they shared with anyone who was in need.

Acts 2:45

The believer who is poor still has reasons to boast, for he has been placed on high. But those who are rich should boast in how God has brought them low and humbled them, for all their earthly glory will one day fade away like a wildflower in the meadow.

James 1:9-10

One thought on “TGR-S3E1: Money, Sex, Power and God (Oikotics)

  1. Steve Response to Question:

    Money is easy and transportable compared to bartering products and services. In the “easy” ways money is transferred, we may too easily forget how much labor was involved in getting it.

    Money has been equated with status…it has power and influence, especially over those who have less. Unless, we derive status, power, and influence by other means…such as, by going to the cross of Christ in humility.

    We have a chance if we constantly remember to not value ourselves more highly than we ought. See Romans 12:3 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Romans%2012:3&version=NIV

    For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

    And see James 1:9 citation referenced above.

    Let God’s value of you be enough.

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