There is an Interesting article on David Stockman who warned of the wealth inequality in the United States.1 His problem isn’t with the wealthy achieving wealth through business or even through the stock market, but that the stock market is unusually propped up because of the Fed’s monetary policy of printing new money.
Is the solution creating larger taxes on the wealthy? No, that will hurt everyone. The solution is preventing the Fed from printing money to dig the United States and the poor out of the debt. That foolish policy is creating a bubble that will eventually burst and do far more harm to the middle class than the government’s “magical” solution of printing new money. That is man’s solution to the problem, rather than letting the “unseen hand of history” regulating through the law of supply and demand.
Instead of allowing a free market to provide the best distribution of products the government sticks its foolish nose into the market through subsidies, various taxes and minimum wage requirements.2 The problem, of course, is that the government is trying to play “God” and people become more dependent on the government than the Lord.3 Jeremiah recorded the Lord’s words, “Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD.” (Jer. 17:5 NKJ)
Should the government help? Sure, there are many cases of help that would be appropriate, however, that often only takes away from the church’s privilege of being a source of goodness and service to the troubled around them. The Lord said we would always have the poor (Mark 14:7), but our responsibility is not to raise them up to the standard of living of everyone else. Our responsibility is to provide necessities to lead them to the Lord.
Is inequality a problem? Yes. It’s a problem that feeds the lusts of man, both the poor to think wealth will solve their problems and the wealthy to want more and think they somehow deserve their wealth. The solution is always found in what Scripture says, not what government thinks is right. As the Lord is being removed further and further from the government’s thinking, there will be more inequality and difficult times ahead. If you have a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, you can have peace, hope and His love experienced on earth. What do you need to do to be “saved”? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31 NKJ) Accept that you are separated from God because of sin, accept that the Lord paid the penalty for your sins on the cross and trust that He gives you His payment for your sins freely without earning or deserving that gift.
1http://www.cnbc.com/id/102381666 accessed Jan. 30, 2015.
2http://www.independent.org/publications/tir/article.asp?a=662 accessed Jan. 30, 2015.
3Certainly some taxes are appropriate so that government can provide internal and external defense and control the wickedness of man (Rom. 13:1-7).