A watchman (that’s you), should keep an eye on the economy of their world. Your watch is incomplete if you do not understand the economy of your world. You have to understand that your quest to watch over your world must have an effect on the culture and economy of your world. If you ever look back and cannot define how you have impacted the economy of your world for the better, then you are getting it wrong. You are watching your world and steering it towards a better future. That future must be economically better than the present day or there is no point in doing so.
The Holy Bible has a lot to say about the economy of people. The theory in the Bible is that people-groups prosper economically when they are God-fearing and build a just society. When they “sin” by forsaking righteousness and injustice increases in their world, they are plagued by hunger, famine, diseases and another nation comes along to annex them. When you think about it, you realize that God fought against the economy of the Egyptians with the ten plagues in the days of Moses. God did not threaten the Pharaoh with religion or lack-of-access to the afterlife. The plagues that Moses brought down from heaven attacked their economy.
You must understand the economy of your world. You will fail to put things in proper perspectives without having a good grasp on the economy of your world. In the Book of Jonah, the Lord scolds the prophet, “should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?” (Jonah 4:11 ESV). The Lord is not only concerned about their numbers, but also concerned about their productivity. The remark about “much cattle” is a reference to the state of their economy. In any town, village, city or sphere of life you operate, you have to understand the economy.