Nevertheless, the Tenth Commandment – ‘Thou shalt not covet’ – recognizes that making money and owning things could become selfish activities. But it is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but love of money for its own sake. The spiritual dimension comes in deciding what one does with the wealth. How could we respond to the many calls for help, or invest for the future, or support the wonderful artists or craftsmen whose work also glorifies God, unless we had first worked hard and used our talents to create the necessary wealth?
Dame Margaret Thatcher – British politician, 1979-90 Prime Minister (1925-2013), from “Speech to the Church of Scotland General Assembly” from May 21st, 1988, Quotations book 2009