Capitalism– ”generally considered to be an economic system that is based on private ownership of the means of production and the creation of goods or services for profit or income by individuals or corporations.” –Wikipedia
At least that’s what this NY Times piece entitled Capitalists and Other Psychopaths says
It basically talked about how evil business people are, how they’re all in bed with the devil, and they’re on a one way trip to hell!
Nothing new right?
But then the author wrote something that struck a chord–made me have to press pause on the Spurs and Thunders game. They said,
“There are ethical corporations, yes, and ethical businesspeople, but ethics in capitalism is purely optional, purely extrinsic… Capitalist values are antithetical to Christian ones. (How the loudest Christians in our public life can also be the most bellicose proponents of an unbridled free market is a matter for their own consciences.)…Like Christian ethics, the principles of republican government require us to consider the interests of others. Capitalism, which entails the single-minded pursuit of profit, would have us believe that it’s every man for himself.
And yes…I had to look up “bellicose” too!
It means, “demonstrating aggression and willing to fight.”
Hmmm…so this person is saying “How a person can be a Christian and still be an advocate of free market is something for their consciences.”
Yes…I am officially offended!
Capitalism As a Calling???
The Bible says,
“The good man’s earnings advance the cause of righteousness. The evil man squanders his on sin.” (Proverbs 10:16 TLB)
Money is neither good nor bad. It’s what the person DOES with the money…that’s what makes the difference.
Business is good…at least I believe its good:
- 5 Lessons From Christ-Centered Billionaires “They” Don’t Want You to Know
- Could Christpreneurship Be the Next Move of God
- Why Christpreneurs Are on The Rise: 4 Reasons “They” Don’t Want You to Know
- 3 Reasons Why Partnering With Ministries is an Effective Business Strategy
- The 5 Mindblowingly Simple Reasons Every Startup Needs to Tithe
- Could Generation Y Be The Most Entrepreneurial Generation Ever?
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
But what about you? Do you think capitalism falls into the plan of God? Is it something that falls into your life?