– [Eden Chen] Yeah, so I think a bunch of
the, not just principles, but I think advantages that Christians
have as potential entrepreneurs are number one, risk-taking. Spoke a little bit about
this in the last session. Christians are not only called to take
risk, you see examples of risk in Paul, obviously Jesus, but a lot of
Old Testament figures like Esther who risked her life. Joab and Abishai who said, you know,
“Let God do what seems good to Him.” So there’s a lot of examples out there of
risk-taking in Scripture, but we’re also called from a theological
standpoint to take risk as well. I think the Parable of the Talents I think
to me is one of the best examples of the interaction between risk and stewardship. You have someone that was given five
talents, someone that was given two, and someone that was given one and the
fellow that kind of dug away the talent and said, “I was afraid. I was afraid that you’re a hard person,”
actually didn’t do a good job with risk, and didn’t do a good job with stewardship
which are the two things that people typically use against each other. I think risk-taking is a huge advantage
also because we, as Christians have, we understand the sovereignty of God as
such a core principle to our theological underpinnings. Because God is sovereign,
we can really take no risk, and therefore, going into something and
taking that risk, as long as it’s not foolish, and there’s a lot of foolish
risks as well, but there are abilities that we have as Christians that in the
risk-taking area that we’re really not taking. If you look at the reputation of
Christians, typically, they are the most conservative,
sort of lack of risk-taking safety individuals. And that’s a culture
that really needs to change, and it’s something that isn’t being applied in a
lot of cases, and it’s something that I feel like is biblical principle. The other one for me would be just this
idea of excellence. I think we’ve sort of lost our ability to
be excellent and create amazing art, amazing film, and things like that because
of our inability to see the cultural mandate as a key part of what we do. And then finally, like, there are lots of
biblical principles that give us advantages in terms of hiring, for
example, honesty and humility would be two that I think are two of probably the most
important things I look at when I hire. Someone’s smarter than someone else, but
they’re not as honest, they’re not as humble.
Ten out of ten times, I would pick the person that’s more honest and
humble because if I’m in a creative session with a bunch of people and
somebody’s not willing to listen, they could be the smartest person in the
world, but if they’re not engaging with other people, they’re just not going
to be a good entrepreneur. They’re not going to be
someone that’s a good worker. So I think there are a lot of different
biblical principles, I think, that give us advantage as entrepreneurs. I think there are some that also give us
disadvantages as well. For example, there’s a certain amount of
obsession that non-Christians can have in their work that we are
not able to do as Christians. And I think that’s ultimately a good
thing, but there’s a max sort of cap in terms of how much we should be working,
and I think sometimes that drives non-Christians to create great businesses
ultimately, but it’s something that’s not healthy for the rest of life, and so it
can be seen as maybe a disadvantage. But I think there is so many great
advantages out there, and those principles are not just advantages in actually
working, but they also speak to something greater than themselves, and give people
opportunity to talk about their faith.

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