Down to business

Social entrepreneurs

Imagine a pastor preaching on the rebuilding of the city. Her text is Jeremiah 32. The city of Jerusalem has fallen apart, she tells her congregation, and its citizens have been taken into exile. Yet in the midst of this chaos, the prophet Jeremiah claims that the Lord has told him to buy a piece of property. His investment is a declaration of hope. As the God of Israel says, “Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land,” and “I am going to bring it [the city] recovery and healing . . . I will restore fortunes . . . rebuild them.”

Then the minister offers a challenge to the congregation: we too can seek the welfare of the city, she suggests, by investing in it, by buying houses, creating new enterprises and supporting local businesses. The prophetic call is to acquire and build businesses.


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