I have no idea about the people behind this video so visit the advertised sites at your peril or own investigation. But the points raised are good ones. There is a rising inequality in modern Britain and it is something Christians must oppose. Because societal greed is a vice causing untold suffering leading to impoverished lives at the lowest end of society. Hardly a part of the divine plan.
This is not to suggest all should be paid the same. I am no left wing activist. But it is to suggest more has to be done to ensure people have enough to live on and that the system is fair. The emergence of zero hour contracts, food banks, pay day loan sharks and rising cases of malnutrition in hospitals tells its own story about life in 21st Century Britain. A picture emerges that should shame those in power, though I very much doubt that it does.
The news is full of stories about UK economic recovery at present but what is seldom explained is that the UK is only doing well because of the super rich. The relief for the government comes at the cost of even greater inequality than before. Factor them out and rising bills and flatlining salaries ensure the pain continues for the majority who find themselves under tremendous strain. Too much power today being in the hands of employers. Too many workers not given enough for the work that they do.
It is easy to let a post like this lead into political waters but the issue is theological too. For the increasingly shoddy treatment of the poor is surely symptomatic of the nation’s loss of Christian values. Just go and look at who runs the food banks and soup kitchens of Britain if you doubt me. I guarantee a heavy Christian presence.
Too often today I encounter people struggling financially. Not only the out of work but the lowly paid working population too. It is not on. It is appalling that parents skip meals to feed children and many pensioners must choose between eating or heating. Pope Francis had the measure of it when he stated
“In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world..This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system,”
What can we do to ensure a fairer sharing of the earth’s resources? At the last election politicians claimed “we are in it together”- they then froze the pay of millions before voting for themselves a rise in pay of 11%- even as they were mired in the scandal of abused expenses. You couldn’t make it up! So for me the answer is clear.
To produce a fairer society we need to bring the nation back to Jesus. For faith is what leads to love of neighbour as of self. The further this nation walks from her Christian foundations the more we see greed and vice corrupting the people. The fruit of rebellion from God and a denial of the divine plan for God’s people.