The traditional reading of the Parable of the Talents allows it to fit nicely within a materialistic culture. But we have misunderstood the Parable of the Talents. It does not defend or support capitalism and is not about the second return of Jesus. Here is an alternative understanding of the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25 and Luke 19.
A man who believed he bore the ‘mark of the beast’ used a circular saw to cut off one hand, then he cooked it in the microwave and called 911. It would have been good if someone had come along side him and told him that he doesn’t have to cut off his hand to escape hell and receive eternal life, but only believe in Jesus.