Resource Review – Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem

1 Timothy 6:10 New Living Translation (NLT)

For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

This verse has long pushed people of faith away from being savvy business people. Many have interpreted its meaning to be that money itself is the root of all evil, but that isn’t what the passage says. It’s critical to observe that the love of money is actually the root of evil in this verse, which is very different thing indeed. 

Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem, written by Jay W. Richards, “defends capitalism within the context of the Christian faith, revealing how entrepreneurial enterprise, based on hard work, honesty, and trust, actually foster creativity and growth. In doing so, Money, Greed, and God exposes eight myths about capitalism and demonstrates that a good Christian can be a good capitalist.” – Amazon. It is an excellent reference for the wise Christian businessperson who wants to succeed with integrity.

“In Money, Greed, and God, Jay Richards shows us . . . a capitalism grounded in the truth about human beings as free, morally responsible, co-creators charged with dominion and stewardship of the earth by the loving God to whom we are all ultimately accountable.” -Rev. Robert A. Sirico, President of the Acton Institute.

Capitalism Isn’t the Enemy

It’s an unfortunate truth that many Christian businesses and ministries have not been wisely stewarded, leading to failure and ultimately a lack of impact for the kingdom. Why? Because for generations, many Christians have been taught that being a smart and savvy businessperson is somehow less “holy” than just blindly following a vague calling. This book offers the important perspective that God desires his people to be successful in ministry, business, and life in general so that they may better influence his kingdom for good.

Matthew 10:16

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”

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Capitalism as a Tool of Inspiration

This book will inspire Christian business leaders and entrepreneurs to utilize capitalism to make the world a better place and draw more people to Jesus through wise and integrity-filled business ventures. Showing a positive side of capitalism is entirely possible, and this book shows the evidence thereof. Misguided opinions on what money can do are exactly that – misguided.

Proverbs 27:18

Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored.