Is income inequality wrong?
Not according to theologian Ron Sider, theologian Jordan Ballor, and economist Anne Bradley.
According to Christian Post reporter Tyler O’Neil, Sider said,
I think that a good, short statement of a biblical definition of economic justice is that God wants every person and every family to have access to the productive resources, so that if they act responsibly they can earn their own way and be productive members of society…I am not arguing for equality of income and wealth.
Bradley cited the Parable of the Talents as a biblical example of income inequality. Because we are all unique, we will not make the same amount. What matters is that we get the opportunity to do what we love and what we are good at, as well as how well we steward what we have.
But Sider, Ballor, and Bradley all agreed that there is something wrong with our society, something that stifles creativity and opportunity. It leads to a political and economic system that is stacked against the poor. Bradley said,
We’re creating an environment where the rich aren’t getting rich because they serve people but because they’re rigging the game.
So if income inequality isn’t the problem, what is?