Here's the current economy:
- 16.4 million children in the U.S. live below the poverty line
- 5 million senior citizens—more than 11 percent—live with the threat of hunger
- 14 million people are officially unemployed
These numbers do not add up, not in God's Economy.
Here is what God's Economy looks like in scripture:
- Workers get hired early in the morning, at noon, and at the end of the day, and they all get paid the same wages — an equal distribution of wealth. (Matthew 20:1-16)
- No one is in need, because people who have resources share with those who don’t. (Acts 4:32-37)
- All of the people, especially the poor, are invited to sit at the welcome table. (Luke 14:12-24)
Sound socialist? It's actually Christian!
And, no matter how we name God, or if we name any gods at all, economic justice is common-sense gospel, a text for us all to live by. It is a script for our lives!
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring."
Compassion means building consensus about how to dismantle the current economic structure; there is no place in God's Economy for ratios like 99:1.
How do we - 100% of us - bring about a vision of God's Economy? We must share stories across our differences to build consensus on what economic justice means.
We must learn from the workers on Wall Street and Main Street who share a critique of the status quo. Nurses and doctors, teachers and students, pastors and imams, bankers and lenders, union organizers and returning vets all have stories to tell, things to teach, visions to share.
We must engage together in theological reflection, and ask: what does God require of us in terms of our economy? When a faithful coalition of people work together, they can have a greater impact as they pool resources, enact strategies, and build bridges to a healed world.
The call to action:
The call to action is a call to conversation, and a call to learning. Sharing our stories, and deeply listening to each other, can change the world. This is not an empty exercise—this is power! Come and be part of the change
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