It is obscene that 62 of the world’s richest people own as much as the poorest half of humanity combined, according to Oxfam. So, as the head of Oxfam said, one bus load of people have as much money as the poorest 3.6 billion people.

The wealth of the poorest half of the world’s people has fallen by $1 trillion since 2010 whilst the wealth of the richest bus load has increased by half a trillion dollars.

It is true that some of the bus load, such as Bill Gates, may be very generous, but many of them concentrate on avoiding tax by using tax havens. So some pay only 2-3% in tax.

Maybe the selfish rich should reflect on the eternal destination of the rich man who ignored poor Lazarus in Jesus’ story.

2 thoughts on “World inequality

  1. Simon Townend on March 30, 2018 at 4:40 am said:

    Hi Tony,
    Happy Good Friday to you.

    I believe the Father’s said to me that World Poverty is the greatest single issue concerning His human creation.

    How do you want the Church to contribute to a more just distribution of wealth and income?

    Many blessings,

    Simon Townend,
    Dudley

    • Tony Higton on April 17, 2018 at 9:34 am said:

      I believe the Father’s said to me that World Poverty is the greatest single issue concerning His human creation.

      How do you want the Church to contribute to a more just distribution of wealth and income?

      I think the church is already doing a lot through organisations like TEAR Fund and Christian Aid but other things could include:

      1. Stressing that world poverty is a matter of justice, not just compassion and that God is a God of justice. Therefore it is a moral duty to play one’s part in alleviating world poverty. Also nations which fail to play their full part will not be under his blessing.

      2. Encouraging every Christian and church to give a certain percentage of income to organisations like . TEAR Fund and Christian Aid. It could mount a prominent and very practical campaign and keep up the emphasis.

      3. Encouraging support of Christian organisations because they deal with the church areas of poverty which means the aid is more likely to reach the needy. Some people don’t give because they think the money goes astray.

      4. Christians and churches lobbying MPs to raise the issue of world poverty and injustice so that it becomes an election issue.

      5. Christian leaders seeking to portray the problem of world poverty graphically, not just in church, but in the local and national media, cooperating with concerned non-Christians.

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