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Sunday Reflection

March 10, 2013

Capitalism itself is not inherently evil. Money itself is not inherently evil. What matters is how people use the system (capitalism) and the tool (money). As a social entrepreneur I can push positive change more effectively than the government.

The Bible says “For the love money is the root of all evil…” (1 Timothy 6:10), but also says “…it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24). The ability to accumulate capital is not wrong as a long as that capital is spent on enriching others instead of enriching oneself.

Today’s Our Daily Bread (www.odb.org; “Extravagant Gifts”) message talked about giving in proportion to what’s needed instead of giving in proportion to what’s comfortable. Luke 21:4 says “All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

Instead of the false altruism of traditional charity & philanthropy, we need more social innovators and social entrepreneurs who harness the power of the market and ask not “what can I provide for myself?” but rather, “what can I provide for others?”

From → Commentary, Faith

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