How Christians Should View Entrepreneurs

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Lately in America, business owners (including those of big businesses) have gotten a bum rap. They are almost always the villains of class warfare (a favorite tactic of politicians, especially Democrats). And while some business owners are villains, most of them are not. And, more importantly, what they do is essential to our livelihood and the greatness of the Free World. How quickly we forget this when we need a “bad guy” to blame for our troubles (or to win an election).

Government and politicians do not create jobs. They do not power the economy. They do not feed your family. They don’t make available all of the essentials and luxuries you enjoy every day. They don’t improve your quality of life. And they risk none of their own capital (“stuff”) to do it, either.

Who does? Entrepreneurs do. Business owners willing to risk their time, talent and treasure to create an even better world. And not just for themselves, but for all of us.

There’s a myth that the distribution of wealth is a zero-sum game. That if somebody else gets more wealth that it means they had to take it from somebody else. This is simply not true. And nobody knows this better than an entrepreneur, for they create something where there is nothing every day. It’s one of the beautiful ways we as humans get to co-create with our Creator.

And this creation is one of the solutions (as it has been since the beginning of Man) to so many of the injustices in the world. That’s why it’s so backward and frustrating when we try to solve so many problems with government — and at the expense of the real problem solvers in the world: Entrepreneurs.

There’s a new short film called “The Call of the Entrepreneur” that I think everyone should watch. Here’s a short synopsis with both the trailer and full video below:

“Three men. One call. A merchant banker. A failing dairy farmer. A refugee from Communist China. One risked his savings. One risked his farm. One risked his life.

Why do their stories matter? Because how we view entrepreneurs – as greedy or altruistic, as victorious or vicious – shapes the destinies of individuals and nations.”

Check out the trailer real quick:

And you can watch the whole thing below. It’s worth 55 mins of your time. And it’s even more worth picking up a copy for your family/group and sharing with others for a good discussion on an important topic:

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Chris April 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Thanks for this! Very few people will tell me to my face that I’m an evil CEO, but I definitely feel like part of a hated underclass as an entrepreneur. My company is still small and struggling, and most people would probably congratulate me and the guys for our accomplishments at this stage of the company’s development, but for last year’s efforts I’ll likely pay more in taxes than some people earn in a year. If all goes well this year, we may cross that arbitrary line between “the rich” and everyone else. Not that I’ll be driving a gold-plated Rolls — far from it — but on paper it’ll be enough for some people to hate my guts. It’s sick.

Anyway, thanks again for the post. Here’s one business owner who appreciates it.

Cathy July 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm

This is a complicated subject nd there are no easy answers.
Yes, Capitalism and the entreprenurial spirit has been good for many people and I believe in it. May it continue!
Yes, too much wealth concentrated in a small population while the rest of the population languishes (shrinking the middle class) has historically never been good for nor in the best interest of any nation. I am just being pragmatic about that (no religion nor judgment implied).
Yes Jesus calls us to help the poor (us, not the government) If the government cut programs and taxes, would the wealthy care for the poor? (sadly history again says that we frequently fail to do this) That is why Jesus says it is difficult for a wealthy man to get into heaven (not impossible). Recall the story of Lazerus and the rich man!

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