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7 Christian Denominations With Most Liberal Stance on Income Inequality

By    |   Thursday, 07 May 2015 03:01 AM

President Barack Obama made it clear in his 2014 State of the Union address that he wanted to begin solving the problem of income inequality, and according to the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, the best way to address the issue is for religions (including Christians) to get involved.

As author Myriam Renaud wrote in November 2014, "The only remaining, major, organized institutions in the U.S. with enough scope and moral authority to launch efforts to reverse this country’s growing income and wealth inequality are the religions ... When religious institutions turn their attention to legislation, legal codes, and regulations, they can effect change."

As such, here are seven Christian denominations with liberal stances on income inequality:

1. Catholic Church

Pope Francis frequently makes headlines with his seemingly-liberal stance on income inequality, but the Catholic bishops have been slower to make their opinions on income inequality known, according to the National Catholic Reporter. Yet, the issue is beginning to come to light. Said Bishop Robert McElroy of San Francisco recently, "When the richest nation on earth has the highest level of post-tax-and-transfer income inequality among highly developed countries, that is injustice, not the natural order. When the 85 richest individuals in the world have more wealth than the 3.5 billion poorest, that is injustice, not the natural order."

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2. Lutheran

This denomination doesn't want to pity the poor. This denomination wants to help change the poor's lot in life. "Income inequality is about vocation, our calling as Christians in the world," says an article in the Lutheran church's magazine. "Those who are poor don’t need pity, our guilt and certainly not disdain or blame. They need respect and job opportunities. This is really about our belief systems, about how we regard our neighbor."

3. Anglican

The Rev. Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, believes the income inequality issue is a church issue. "It becomes an issue about the nature of the value of the human being, the dignity of the human being, which is a religious issue," Welby told The New York Times in January 2015. "The human being for whom Christ died is of equal value, whoever they are."

4. Methodist

During a 2013 sermon at the United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C., Fr. Clete Kelly called income inequality a "boiling point in America." Kelly called for a recommittal to "reduce the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few, to support the right to organize for collective bargaining into unions and other groups, [and] to stand for the right to a living wage.”

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5. Quakers

The Quakers in Britain leave no doubt about their intentions, writing in an April 2014 statement that the progress made toward income equality that began in the mid-1950s had begun to reverse by the 1980s. As the statement says, wealth can't "be true riches if it is based on unlimited personal enrichment and not shared for the good of all."

6. Unitarian

The Rev. Douglas Taylor of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton (New York) wrote in April 2014 about the need to create a stronger middle class in order to close the income gap. Wrote Taylor: "A strong middle class is the driving force of a thriving democratic government and capitalist economy."

7. Reformed Church in America

In its statement, the RCA believes that all people – rich or poor or in between – are made in the image of God: "The RCA encourages its churches and members to take this concern into local and national political discussions and business decisions."

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