Christianity & Income Inequality: Get Informed!

Please… you were made to learn and grow. Before you jump on political bandwagons, educate yourself on the real issues. This is a fabulous little essay on the buzzword of the week: Income Inequality.

At the Acton Institute, Joe Carter writes: “What Every Christian Should Know About Income Inequality.”

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama has signaled that income inequality will be his domestic focus during the remainder of his term in office. The fact that the president considers income inequality, rather than employment or economic growth, to be the most important economic issue is peculiar, though not really surprising. For the past few years the political and cultural elites have become obsessed with the issue.

But what should Christians think, and how should we approach the issue? Should we also be concerned? And if so, what should we do about it?

Here are ten points about income inequality that every Christian should understand


6. Income inequality and poverty are separate issues.

The most charitable interpretation for why Christians believe that income inequality is an important issue is because they assume it is a proxy for poverty. If this were true, Christians would indeed need to be concerned about income inequality because concern about poverty is a foundational principle of any Christian view of economics.

Fortunately, there is neither a necessary connection nor correlation. A country could have absolutely no poverty at all and have extremely high-income inequality. The reason is because income inequality (measured by the Gini coefficient), measures relative, not absolute, income.

There are many Christians, however, who are committed to alleviating poverty who think income inequality is a non-issue (see point #10). While a high level of income inequality might (in theory) tell us something about the level of poverty, it more often than not tells us nothing at all about the material condition of the poor. […]

Love this line: “… most people are not truly interested in reducing absolute income inequality – or even income inequality relative to themselves. What they want is for the income of earners who make more money than they do to be redistributed.”

God has a word that in the Ten Commandments: “You shall not covet.” Envy is one of the most destructive forces on the planet, and is the fuel of much “Progressive” economics.