Monday, March 30, 2015
This article in the SMH shines a light on how the continuing gap between rich and poor in America leads to the kind of situation when a way out of poverty becomes not so much about hard, honest work but that kind of extremely lucky break that only a fairy-godmother can pull off. I am guessing there are probably plenty of Australian statistics that might point to a growing gap here in the lucky country too.
If this is increasingly the case in modern-day America, how much more so if we pull back the lens to look at economic systems on a world scale. What dreams might a small girl born into poverty have for her future in a developing country rife with corruption and a broken political system in 2015?
The complicated situations that give rise to inequality are not solved in an afternoon. However, Psalm 140:12 says "I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy." So that's the side you probably want to be fighting on.
A Cinderella world is not really very beautiful, despite the dresses. It's one that needs the grace of the gospel to redefine it's priorities. But the fact that we cheer for the triumph of good over evil in this tale suggests that we still recognise injustice and we long for a day when the schemers and the deceivers get their comeuppance. The question is, how can we influence the real world to reflect that desire for justice, rather than just float along with the current?