The Great Moral Issue of Our Time?

I don’t write about politics on this blog.  Well, hardly ever.  But this morning a headline caught my eye.  It seems that Bernie Sanders, one of the Democratic candidates for President, believes that income inequality is “the great moral issue of our time.”*

With racism, human trafficking, terrorism, religious persecution, marriage redefinition, gender identity issues, drug abuse, illegal immigration, alcoholism, abortion, and a host of other moral issues dominating the news, Mr. Sanders thinks income equality is our most pressing moral challenge.

Where does one even begin to deconstruct such thinking?

It has obviously never occurred to Mr. Sanders that as long as there is education inequality (some people get PhDs and some drop out of high school), there will be income inequality.

As long as there is work ethic inequality (some people are industrious and some are lazy), there will be income inequality.

As long as there is intelligence inequality (some people are brilliant and some are not), there will be income inequality.

As long as there is dream inequality (some people have big goals and others have none), there will be income inequality.

I could go on, but you get the picture.  The mere suggestion that income inequality can be fixed is ridiculous.

But politicians will keep harping on it because it makes a good topic for a stump speech.  It gets people all riled up, especially those who have a victim mentality to start with.  And when people start screaming and stomping and waving banners, it plays well on the evening news.

I prefer to see the world the way Jesus saw it.  He said, “You will always have the poor among you.”  (Matthew 26:11)  But he didn’t use that fact as an excuse to ignore the poor.  On the contrary, the poor and the sick were always on his radar wherever he went.  Even when his disciples were trying to hustle him on to his next speaking engagement, he took the time to stop and help the underprivileged.

But my favorite fact to reflect on is that Jesus himself was a poor person by worldly standards, but seemed perfectly content with his life.  He could have gone on a crusade to denounce income inequality.  He could have made it one of his talking points.  He could have established it as a priority in his Word so his followers would carry forth the message throughout history.  But he didn’t.

Instead, he said, “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him.”  (Matthew 5:3)

Don’t expect to hear that line in a stump speech anytime soon.  Instead, brace yourself for more nonsense about fixing the unfixable.  In politics, it’s not about making sense, it’s about firing up the crowd.  That 15-second clip on the evening news seems to be all that matters these days.

*Today’s headline on the Huffington Post web site.



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4 Responses to The Great Moral Issue of Our Time?

  1. Kathy Wennlund says:

    Very well said Mark!

  2. Cindy Baker says:

    Well said, Mark! Where DOES one go about deconstructing such thinking??? Goodness!
    The one who walks with the wise will become wise,
    but a companion of fools will suffer harm.
    Proverbs 13:20 (HCSB)

    I prefer to walk with the wisest of all – Jesus.
    Although, you’re pretty wise too! Thanks for your insight!

  3. Rosan says:

    Unfortunately few christians are conforming to the Word of Truth these days. We flip flop where that is concerned and God is the same yesterday, today and forever, so is His word. Where’s this country heading? I’ll wait and see. Politicians are here for their power trip not for the country, the poor or Godly gains.

  4. Robert malkemes says:

    Mark- think it will get worse as we watch these 20+ Republican candidates get in their talking points before fading into the sunset. It is what it is….

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