Since the economic collapse of 2008, it’s been popular to demonize “big business” and the “fat cats” of Wall Street. After all, it was their greed for profit that caused this mess -- their unethical behavior.
But, is that the whole story? What about our greed? Sure, the profits they raked in motivated all kinds of unethical practice and they had plenty of politicians in their back pocket, but we -- the typical consumer -- seemed all to eager to go right along with it. We were unable to delay gratification and unwilling to be wise stewards, so we demanded bigger and better houses and more things and we wanted them now -- running up ridiculous amounts of personal debt.
The Biblical view of man is that we are to be productive stewards -- of ourselves, of others, and of the created world. As long as we see ourselves as just consumers, we’ve got little right to point fingers at others.