Articles About Entrepreneurship
Those who consider the entrepreneurial vocation a necessary evil should realize that Scripture lends ample support to entrepreneurial activity. In Matthew 25:1430, we find Jesus' parable of the talents. As with all parables, its meaning is multi-layered. Its eternal meaning relates to how we use God's gift of grace. With regard to the material world, it is a story about capital, investment, entrepreneurship, and the proper use of economic resources.
As the global recession continues to shatter wealth and jobs around the world, it’s heartening to know that some people aren’t looking to governments to solve all their economic problems. From shanty-towns in developing countries to the once-mighty centers of international finance, thousands of people are turning to their greatest resource – themselves – and trying to create new streams of wealth through the power of entrepreneurial discovery.
Over the last decade or so, most of the countries in the world have officially embraced the idea of free markets, at least to some degree. This is a remarkable turnabout, but what we have found is that free markets do not exist in a vacuum. They require a set of political and cultural pre-conditions: the impartial rule of law, a culture of impartiality in government, honesty, justice, and public spiritedness in business. We have found that it is not enough just to free up markets and safeguard property rights. Market exchanges are exchanges between real people, and property rights are guaranteed by real people, whose virtues and vices matter. These virtues cannot be legislated.
When it comes to business and the economy, the word trust has two—and to some people diametrically opposed—meanings.
When I first thought of comparing the Occupy Wall Street movement, with its slogan “we are the 99%,” to Jesus’s famous parable of the Lost Sheep, I decided against it, thinking it would surely be a misinterpretation the parable and unfair to those involved in the movement. However, I have been drawn back to this idea upon closer examination.