Sermon for Proper 20 A 2011


According to gaming theory, any economic activity where both parties fully understand what is happening is a non-zero-sum game. We forget that a lot. We tend to think that buying and selling is a cut throat competition. Which it is if you’re not being honest with each other. But if you are, you both win when you buy or sell something. Think about that.
The key is being honest and transparent.

The Kingdom of Heaven, ruled by the King of Truth and Love is like that!

But wait, there’s more!

It has been theorized by Robert Wright in his book Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, that society becomes increasingly non-zero-sum as it becomes more complex, specialized, and interdependent.

It’s the interdependence that fires up my imagination. What better description for the Church, the body of Christ, the Community of the Kingdom of God than a body of people who live lives of mutuality and love.

The Kingdom of Heaven is exactly that. A non-zero-sum game. There can be no tragedy of the commons here. There are no winners and losers. There is simply the body, and when one is exulted, all are exulted. And when one suffers, all suffer.

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