Ergonomics is derived from two Scriptural Greek words which are:
- Ergon – Work (G2041) — these are the good “works” that we are to do as Christians.
- Nomos – Law or natural law (G3551) — often refers to the “Law of Moses” but also as general “natural principles” or “morality.”
It is classically used in modern English as the study and adjustment of a work environment to more optimally fit the person working within it.
However, for our purposes I believe we can successfully apply it to Christians and how we set them up for roles and responsibilities within the family, Church, and community. Generally speaking, from what we see from the Scriptures is that older men are tasked with teaching younger men and older women are tasked with teaching younger women. For example,
Titus 2:1 But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine. 2 Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in [a]perseverance. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 4 so that they may [b]encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. 6 Likewise urge the young men to be [c]sensible; 7 in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with [d]purity in doctrine, dignified, 8 sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.
We’ve discussed a bunch about the law and natural law before, but perhaps it would be a good idea to step back and take a look at what comprises natural law and human nature. If we can more properly define what these things are it would be much easier in learning how to learn and disciple others accordingly.
I have some initial thoughts, but I want to elicit some opinions on those these four questions:
- What falls into the category of natural law when we talk about the world?
- What falls into the category of natural law when we talk about relationships?
- What falls into the category of human nature when we talk about the world?
- What falls into the category of human nature when we talk about relationships?
Knowing these definitions will help to guide a process of finding a more natural fit — or rather, playing to men’s strengths and women’s strengths — in how to approach roles and responsibilities as Christians and also in relationships.