The media is buzzing with reports of income disparity. Emmanuel Saez, a professor from the University of California, Berkley, conducted a study that found income disparity to be higher now than during the Great Depression.
The Occupy Wall Street protesters successfully branded the phrase, “We are the 99%,” drawing attention to the US economic condition where 1% of Americans enjoy a major portion of US wealth.
Indeed, the Congressional Budget Office reports, “As a result of uneven income growth, the share of total after-tax income received by the 1 percent of the population in households with the highest income more than doubled between 1979 and 2007, whereas the share received by low- and middle-income households declined.”
How should Christian fathers prepare their children to navigate this chasm between the “haves “and the “have-nots?”
As critical financial security is, for Christians, spiritual security is even more important. Jesus is more concerned about our spiritual status than our financial status. He said at Mark 8:36, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”
Hebrews 2:9 says, “What we do see is Jesus, who was given a position ‘a little lower than the angels’; and because he suffered death for us, he is now ‘crowned with glory and honor.’ Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone.”
God made us “a little lower than the angels,” as Jesus was. We did not have the status required to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. We were the “have-nots.” Hebrews 1:4-5 says of Jesus,”So He became as much superior to the angels as the name He has inherited is superior to theirs. (5) For to which of the angels did God ever say, ‘You are my Son, today I have become your Father?’ Or again, ’I will be his Father, and he will be my Son?’”
Through His death on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins, Jesus was elevated to a higher status. This allows Him to bring those who believe into God’s glory, into salvation. Hebrews 2:10 says, “God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that He should make Jesus, through His suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation.”
This salvation is only available to those who believe. Fathers, by teaching our children this faith, they receive something far better than financial status. By receiving eternal life through Jesus Christ, they avoid a greater disparity and find themselves among those who have salvation instead of among those who have it not.