In my discussions, overall, there seems to be agreement that wealth creation is a means to an end - the flourishing of all. We don't create wealth just to create wealth. What we do with it matters and the Bible states pretty clearly that we are to be generous and not to hoard.
Most also agree that that we are created to work. We serve a working God, who continues to work to this day, and Genesis 1 and 2 (as well as many other passages) makes it clear that work is our part of being co-creators with God. As Dorothy Solle says (in To Work and To Love), "First creation is unfinished. Creation continues; it is an ongoing process...Human work is the act of working with God to fashion a more just world."
But in light of these two positions, do we view work as an end or a means to an end? In a capitalist economy where efficiency and productivity are emphasized, are jobs created for the fulfillment of a person or the supplying of a need? Do we prioritize work over the worker? We often consider the impact that our work has on the world, but how often do we ask the question, "What does the work do to the worker?" Another way to put it, do we value labor over capital or capital over labor?
There has been and continues to be great conflict over this, which also enters into the way we view economics or wealth creation.
To that end, I have been reading a book called The Church and Work by Joshua R. Sweeden who shares a number of different opinions on this. Let me share just a few with you:
"When the church remains ancillary in theological considerations of good work, the church's influence in shaping the way Christians understand and embody good work is diminished. When good work is connected to abstract theological proposals rather than to a concrete community, there is little expectation for the church to reconstruct dominant notions or practices of work among its members or its context. In other words, the church becomes just another place where theological principles can be propagated - with only slightly more impetus to provide just wages and working conditions - instead of the place where members are nurtured into practices and understandings of work corresponding to theological convictions. The danger is that the church becomes inconsequential for the understanding and practice of good work...The question inevitably arises, if the church does not ground Christian understandings of good work, who or what does?"