I am a parent of three kids under 5 years of age, and I don't know what their future's will look like. This is true for every parent of any age, but there are certain frightening realities both my generation and my children's generation face. We will not have the same opportunities or access to wealth that our parent had. No longer can it be assumed that if you work hard you will be able to achieve financial success and stability. No longer can it be assumed that if you buy a house it will be a solid investment, increasing in value over the years. No longer can you assume that getting your children through college will secure their futures. Study after study shows, that the American dream is harder and harder to achieve. If you didn't come from wealth, you are less and less likely to end up with any.
The truth is, wealth is not spread around the way it used to be. The highlighting of the issue for the public imagination began with the various Occupy movements and their chants of "We are the 1%". While they have brought attention, they have yet to frame their concerns clearly. It seems to many of us all they have done is set the stage for antagonism, which does not speak to the fact that the growing disparagy between the rich and the poor is bad for everyone. It is a moral issue that will have ramifications for this and many future generations.
I don't want to spend a lot of time detailing the political and social ramifications of the gap between the rich and poor, but encourage you to view a short video of a talk given at a TED Talk last July: http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_wilkinson.html
I am more interested in the moral and religious ramifications of the issue. I have begun developing a course on God in economics and am looking for resources and Biblical material that might offer some wisdom. Christ has a lot to say about money and the justice issues around it, but he doesn't do it in a way that speaks to modern concerns very clearly. This presents a challenge to Christians in that it makes it hard to "soundbite" Christ and take a clear stance on economic justice. I am hoping that others can help me to shape this discussion in a clear and vibrant way. If you have insights into this issue that speak to the moral concerns I would be grateful.
"Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that I need,"