Capitalism and Stewardship

Ian Hodge, author of Baptized Inflation: A Critique of “Christian” Keynesianism, argues that the capitalism that is based on the profit motive is not biblical capitalism. Biblical capitalism, argues Hodge, is the “opportunity for people to develop their God-given gifts and abilities.” Capitalism should not be primarily associated with wealth and money. Hodge observes:

Contemporary capitalism is flawed with its emphasis on “me” and what I can get out of my employees, rather than “what can I do to help my employees fulfill their godly calling?”

Capitalism, then, biblically considered, is the environment produced by which Christians fulfill their calling by using their gifts. Therefore, capitalism is the required milieu to exercise good stewardship.

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