This is the second in a series about my speech to the annual Christian Economic Forum in Jackson Hole Wyoming, a gathering of entrepreneurs, economists, philanthropists and non-profit leaders from around the globe who gather to challenge the dominance of a secular outlook in other business forums such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, TED Talks, the Aspen conference and the annual Fed conference also held in Jackson Hole. One of the key themes from my speech is the lack of support, and too often outright suspicion, for Christian entrepreneurs, from religious leaders.
“In my world, [almost] nobody thinks like me. I think that’s true of a lot of you, too. You know, I was a radio host for ten years — I actually did financial work and did radio at the same time — but I was a daily host for ten years and I met all sorts of people. When you go on the radio, the first people who call are almost always the fools of the community; the mockers, the scoffers, the gotcha-guys, the gotcha-mamas, the people who want to trip you up, the people who are angry, the people who have some really weird cause – whatever it is – that they’re going to push. And they just fill the airwaves with toxicity and I found it debilitating emotionally.
But there was this tiny group of people, maybe 5% of my listeners or 5% of my callers, and after the fools quieted down a little bit I started to hear from them. It’s almost always the same story: If it’s ‘he’, he’s forty or older and runs a business, or he has management responsibility, and he’s a decision-maker. If it’s ‘she’, almost always she’s a retired school teacher or a retired librarian, a pastor’s wife sometimes, occasionally a physician who is intellectually and spiritually thirsty, because they’re the only one in their world who has a pile of books this high and who reads them and who talks about ideas. For the business decision-maker (he could be for-profit or not-profit), he or sometimes she – they’re the decision maker, they stand alone in some sense, they’re the entrepreneurs.
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