Think of "economy" as a process or system by which goods and services are produced, sold, and bought. A vibrant economy suggests that the processes of producing, buying, and selling are robust, active, and expansive. A balanced economy is an integrated part of a greater strategy seeking the welfare of all within its sphere of impact.
A vibrant economy is like an engine accelerating with all the internal parts synchronized and moving together at ever higher rates of speed. A vibrant engine consumes fuel to produce power. A vibrant economy consumes fuel . . . (invested resources of money, ideas, time, and ability) to produce money . . . profit or interest yield.
The economic system is not within the domain of government. However, it must be closely alligned with government that is carefully and thoughtfully fostering its development. Government is funded by the economic system through taxation of the various moving parts . . . production, sales, and purchases. Thus, the faster the economic engine runs, the greater will be the tax revenue received by government. With that increased revenue comes expanded budget capability of government to support the needs of people . . . effective infrastructure, fostering employment, public safety and security, education, innovative public services and more.
Now consider this vibrant economic engine as a tool in the hand of God directing government's use of increased financial capability to the fulfillment of His purpose and blessing among people in our community.
We know to pray for good government to be attentive and responsive to God at all times and in all matters. We also pray for good government to exercise its responsibility to God by fostering conditions that result in a vibrant balanced economy.
In so doing, good government becomes a current portrayal of the servant entrusted by his employer with a certain amount of money. This story told by Jesus about the expansion of God's Kingdom is recorded in Matthew 25:14-21. The servant handled the money wisely, investing it and and expanding its value.
Jesus summarized his story about the wise servant with this . . . "To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away." (Matthew 25:29)
Good government will proactively create, protect, and expand conditions that attract and support a vibrant and balanced economy using its expanded capability to ensure the welfare of its people.