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None of us are in any doubt about the levels of income inequality in this country. Would it surprise anybody if I were to say that they were there during the time of Charles Wesley and that they were there during the time of William Booth. For as much as the world has changed and has advanced technologically for the poor it changes very little.
We read in the Gospel of St.Luke in the sixth chapter verse 20 how the poor will be lifted up and be exalted. Looking up at His disciples, Jesus said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God”.
I find this statement so powerful, here we have Jesus who was all compassion who was all about lifting people up saying to the poor yours is the kingdom of God. He wasn’t saying this to the wealthy no quite the opposite if we remember that parable of the rich young ruler when Jesus said if you want to be a follower of mine then give up your wealth dispense with it all then follow me and then you will have a place in the Kingdom. We know from that parable that the rich young ruler went away depressed because he could not part with his wealth after all if he parted with his wealth he would become poor he didn’t quite like the thought of that yep the reward is great.
Now when it comes to the poor we don’t really have to keep them in that state it’s about answering their needs. Not all people have the same needs but if we do our best to answer those needs I’m sure we will be looked down on quite favorably. What sin is it to ask those with the greatest wealth to step down a rung on the ladder so that our poor brothers and sisters can step up a rung. We should not be about keeping people in the gutter.
Redistribution of wealth is not in itself a bad thing. We have it practiced by the disciples in the second and fourth chapter of the Book of Acts. It is only our propensity for greed and averisk which has led us to the situation in which we find ourselves and are we not all guilty of it and should we not be ashamed of it.