If we’re going to address economics, we need to begin at the beginning, and that means Genesis 1. The Bible is filled with teaching on economics. I’ll never forget what my father told me when I was just a boy: Jesus talked more about hell than about heaven, and he talked more about money than he did about hell. Money must be pretty important, because the Bible has a great deal to say about it.
Unfortunately, most Christians leap directly to the OT prophets reprimanding the oppressors of the poor, or to Jesus’ warnings to the rich young ruler, or James‘ cautions to the rich. These are all vital biblical truths, and we must look them unflinchingly in the eye, but they’re precisely the wrong place to start when considering the economic dimension of the Christian worldview.
We need to start with creation. In fact, we need to start at creation with everything — except God. Many Christians would find this assertion palpably mistaken. Creation has nothing to do with economics, they might suppose. But in fact, it has everything to do with economics, and I suggest that we can’t understand subsequent biblical teachings about economics if we don’t understand something of creational economics. To repeat: we must begin at the beginning.
Although Genesis 1 doesn’t address economics explicitly, it certainly addresses it implicitly. I’ll enumerate three of those foundational economic truths that the creation account implies.