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The Parable of the Ten Minas is not what it seems. In our western culture we are accustomed to glorifying the rich noble and demonising the 'lazy servant'. But what if that isn't the point of this story at all?
Despite his fear, the third servant lays the offense of the master at his feet. “You take what you don’t deserve, and you reap a harvest from other people’s labour.” This servant is the true hero of the story. Jesus’ audience are not rooting for the despot or his minions, they are rooting for the servant who refused to be complicit with the corrupt economic system of the wealthy and powerful. This is not a parable that sanctifies capitalism or materialism, it is a parable that highlights the evil of exploiting people for economic gain.