Economics and Ethics
The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) highlights some important spiritual questions. Is the kingdom of heaven a society of equals or does God give different abilities and levels of responsibility? If the spiritually productive are good and faithful, are the spiritually unproductive lazy and evil? Is the safe route sometimes in reality the riskiest of all leading to ultimate failure? Can faithfulness in small things lead to great things and can unfaithfulness in the smallest things lead to complete failure? Should we waste time criticizing the boss as too hard, or just get on with the job? Do spiritually successful people just get straight to work? Is it fear that often produces failure? Do those who produce more deserve more? What does the extra talent awarded to the most successful say about excessive versus moderate reward for effort?