For a while I thought that I would want to go get a Masters in Economics of some sort. After seeing the kind of impact that economics has on all of our lives, my interest in political systems and monetary systems improving the lives of many people, I thought it was a great direction to head in in terms of being educated. I read Adbusters quite a bit as well, and they definitely tote Economics the most as a a field of study. A lot of responsibility in their magazines lies on the Economist for either the good or the bad in the world. If I’m going to be honest, if I want to help shape systems of the world to be more just and more like the Kingdom of God, then I thought economics is a perfect field of study.
However, I’m becoming less and less convinced that shaping systems is the role of the Christian. Furthermore, I’m becoming more disenfranchised with the idea of money at all as having any hope to make any positive change in our world. If I think that shaping the way of how we use money is going to somehow fix things, then I am sadly mistaken. I wrote a post a bit ago entitled Money, and Why God doesn’t Care, and that post has lead me to eventually a post like this. An education on money, good or bad, ends up still promoting money as a an idol and a central role in our lives. I am just not interested in that. I do not think that a perfect political system, or a perfect economic setup will fix anything at all. It isn’t possible. I joke about being a communist or a socialist, but really I do not think any of these systems is the answer.
I just finished Hauerwas’ memoirs and I’m even more convinced now than before that the church really is the hope for the world. Not because the church helps change the world, but because the church live so radically different than the world that the world is left realizing it’s own demise. If the world wants to live truthfully and fully, than it will have to join the church. There is no other option. A better economic system is not the answer. A people committed to the death and resurrection of Christ, each other and the Kingdom of God is the way we need to be. I believe that God is brining about a new world, and he wants to use the church to do so. So I think that if I’m going to further my education, it’s probably going to be in theology of some sort and not economics. I no longer hold a sense of awe for techniques on how we distribute money. I am in awe of a group of people who live so radically different with their money (if they have any) that no economic system can make sense of it.
Economics then is no more than the world’s version of theology. It is a study of a god. I do not follow that god, nor am i enamored by it. I am committed to a way of life committed to a God which is vastly different than a way of life committed to money will be. While I think we need good economics and those that study it, I am pretty sure it’s not for me.