“Income inequality” points to a bigger problem than money and who’s got it

If you spend any time listening to the current liberal politician mantras you might find yourself just wanting to agree with them just so they will shut up and go away so that you can get back to living your life. Funny thing is, thoughtful people, who know different, who know the truth about life are drowned out because of the droning hum from the liberal camp, that slogans are regurgitated without any consideration whatsoever makes Ronald Reagan’s famous quote more and more true, “It’s not that our liberal friends are ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”

Let’s take the topic of “income inequality”, which has become one of the president’s pet topics of late. He wants to insist that raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour, to $10.10 an hour would help a lot of people. Now, it’s true that if you were working at a job making $7.25 an hour and your employer came up and said, “John (or Jane), you’re doing such an outstanding job, I’m going to give you a $2.85 an hour raise in pay”, more than likely you would be ecstatic. But let’s be honest, most people who make $7.25 an hour usually aren’t the most–how to say this gently–productive people. They are often high school students, or unskilled, and sometimes outright lazy, acting like they are doing you a favor just showing up. Now I speak from two positions, as both an employee and an employer.

Most employers set a wage on a job depending on skill, aptitude, and willingness to learn. They are looking for people who will care about the business, making it grow, looking for ways to improve it, caring for it as if it was their own. Employers want to hire someone who will make less work for them so that they can devote more time to other matters.

There is something that most people forget when they look at money, so take out some money and look at it. Now if you’ve done THAT, this is a representation of time and energy, it is a representation of an element of freedom that you surrendered for a time to devote to assist someone else. Perhaps it represents knowledge of a particular field, expertise in a skill set, even a part of your body or mind sacrificed for the greater good. It can never fully represent those things because those things have only the value that another person assigns to it and it’s demand in the market.

If you look at places in the world where there was once high demand for labor, Detroit, Michigan, for instance, the market demanded a certain product and men and women responded and produced those products and rendered those services, for which they were paid handsomely, by the standards of that day. Innovation and excellence were called for and it was delivered. But as with all things where man is a part, there is seen an opportunity to profit and people did, often on the backs of others, but everyone benefitted, until jealousy reared its head.

Jealousy for something or someone can be a good thing, but when it is co-opted by selfishness it can be a terrible thing, and people can often lose sight of a goal when the parts start exalting themselves over the whole. The apostle Paul seems to have seen this coming, and while he was using this to explain spiritual gifts and their place in the body of Christ, the church and it’s ministry, I think it has wider application:

For in fact the body is not a single member, but many.
If the foot says, “Since I am not a hand, I am not part of the body,” it does not lose its membership in the body because of that. And if the ear says, “Since I am not an eye, I am not part of the body,” it does not lose its membership in the body because of that. If the whole body were an eye, what part would do the hearing? If the whole were an ear, what part would exercise the sense of smell? But as a matter of fact, God has placed each of the members in the body just as he decided. If they were all the same member, where would the body be? (1 Corinthians 12:14-19 NET)”

Jealousy was a problem there, and jealousy, as a result of arrogant pride, is as much a problem now. If we are really going to solve the problem of “income inequality”, we have to learn something, something our current culture rejects, humility and the God who honors the humble.

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