This country is thoroughly occupied by protests over economic injustice. The problem is clear. We get it. The far more difficult question is, what is the solution?
Liberals, who approve of the Occupy protests, say that we should redistribute wealth more equitably. Conservatives, who are more likely to express themselves at Tea Party rallies, say we should work to make sure everyone has equal opportunity for wealth. Liberals are accused of economy-killing socialism; conservatives of welfare for the rich. Liberals blame Wall Street. Conservatives blame Washington. I think they are both right.
What should Christians say?
Christians should understand that our problem is not with an economic system or a political party or an ideology. Human beings handle power and wealth badly, and in any economic system they tend to exploit their power for their own benefit.
Our money problems have their roots in heart problems. Equitable income distribution will not change greedy corrupt people into generous honest people.
The answer to our problems, those on Wall Street and those on Main Street, is a divine occupation of human hearts.
What do you think?
“Create in me a pure heart, O God…” Psalm 51:10