Our blog contest is well underway and we’re very excited to see some entries coming in. If you haven’t already done so, please consider entering (see above for details). There may be some people out there who may be hesitant to enter, either because they write primarily secular blogs about finance or non-finance-related blogs about spiritual matters. Perhaps they are reluctant to mix these two areas. If you happen to fall into either of these camps, we really want to encourage you to enter! Here’s how Sir John concluded his remarks on economic virtues and vices:

Though [these vices and virtues] reflect ancient standards — standards most religions throughout history agree upon — no society has ever perfectly put them into practice. That is because we live in an imperfect world, and we always will. Still, it is the social purpose of religion to point us to higher values, just as it is the private purposes of religion to improve our souls.

Just because economics and religion are controversial areas, does not mean we should not talk about them. As we undertake the human enterprise of commerce and distribution and the necessary exercise of foresight, honesty, and diligence, let us never forget the attitudes and conduct required by our being children of God.

If we all do our very best, our Lord can say to each of us, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” Then we will witness also the flowering of our economy and our civilization.