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“Income inequality is a spiritual issue, a moral issue, and a religious test of our beliefs.”

So said Jim Wallis of Sojourners, when he spoke recently at a national assembly of religious leaders. He further said:

“Of course some inequality will always be a part of the human condition and our societies. But as inequality becomes so stark, it is time for people of all faiths to exercise our prophetic mission and energy calling for the kind of equity, fairness, and justice that our faiths require of us. It is time for us to require serious political accountability from our public leaders…I believe we can address inequality through three core issues central to all faith traditions: human dignity, stewardship, and the common good.”

When our political leaders create social and economic systems that allow the level of income inequality we are experiencing, it is not only devastating to our country and many of its citizens, it is also a neglect of their God-given role to assure fairness, and to seek the good of all. Jim Wallis is right in saying that it is time for people of faith to require accountability from our leaders, to evaluate their positions not according to our own partisan leanings, but from what scripture says is God’s intent for government.

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