Income inequality is alive and thriving in todays society/economy. In otherwords, it is on the rise. The Bible speaks to the topic of money in both the O.T. and N.T. – Proverbs being the most notable of the old testament.
The distribution of unequal income – is it inherently unjust or un-Chrtistian? Whether it is wrong or right, income inequality is not inherently unbiblical. Discriminating between natural inequalities (those that come from human gifts and talents) and unrighteous or unjust inequality – this is the challenge. Isaiah 1:17 states – “Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” Income inequality can be the result of many different issues. In the case of the fatherless and the widow, that could be one of any number of reasons.
There are other types of inequality as well. Afew of them are social and racial inequality. These could also be called an injustice. There is one social injustice that tops all of those that are out there and it happened over 2000 years ago and is still remembered to this day. This is none other than the Crucifiction of Jesus Christ and it is remembered every year on Good Friday. The Crucifiction paved the way for an even greater event – the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Celebration Sunday or Easter Sunday. These two days in history } the Crucifiction and Resurrection } are the consummation of God’s redemption today and the restoration of man from sin.
Now, how did we get from income inequality to Easter? To be honest, I do not know – it was just a progression of thought.