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Last week, when Pres­i­dent Obama reverted to the topic of “income inequal­ity,” I was reminded of one of things I used to com­plain about to God. Why did peo­ple who were “worse” sin­ners than I get the things I’ve always wanted but didn’t have?

Chris­tians are exhorted to keep their eyes on Jesus — the Way, the Truth and The Light – the dis­penser of all good things. It is one of the good exam­ples of tun­nel vision. Con­versely, when one’s eyes are not on the actual source of bless­ings, but, rather on the per­ceived bless­ings of one’s sib­ling or one’s neigh­bor, those eyes become blinded by false vision.

You begin to think that God likes oth­ers bet­ter than He likes you; or you think that God is unfair or that He is really the capri­cious, randomly-​acting god described in other belief sys­tems. Or, you decide that there is no god and that all is fair in “love” and, most espe­cially, in war. You may even begin to believe that those who have been blessed more than you have, got that way by tak­ing your bless­ings from you. From there, it’s a short road to doing the same– tak­ing what you want by force. Or, per­haps, you will vote for those who promise to do it for you.

More false vision: allegedly, income inequal­ity varies directly with poverty lev­els. How­ever, no causal chain is ever described and no his­tor­i­cal exam­ple is ever given for this “cal­cu­lus” (alge­bra, actually).

Mea­sur­ing self against oth­ers, whether you come out “bet­ter” or “worse,” always leads to folly. If you believe your­self to be bet­ter, you become pride­ful and arro­gant — “high and lifted-​up.” And if you believe you have come up short, you become angry, bit­ter, resent­ful, and, some­times, violent.

And you become ungrateful.

The Left’s con­cern for income inequal­ity was always meant to inflame cov­etous­ness and all the sins of com­mis­sion that flow from that source.

Abel knew.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel,Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in Jan­u­ary 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

Last week, when President Obama reverted to the topic of “income inequality,” I was reminded of one of things I used to complain about to God. Why did people who were “worse” sinners than I get the things I’ve always wanted but didn’t have?

Christians are exhorted to keep their eyes on Jesus—the Way, the Truth and The Light–the dispenser of all good things. It is one of the good examples of tunnel vision. Conversely, when one’s eyes are not on the actual source of blessings, but, rather on the perceived blessings of one’s sibling or one’s neighbor, those eyes become blinded by false vision.

You begin to think that God likes others better than He likes you; or you think that God is unfair or that He is really the capricious, randomly-acting god described in other belief systems. Or, you decide that there is no god and that all is fair in “love” and, most especially, in war. You may even begin to believe that those who have been blessed more than you have, got that way by taking your blessings from you. From there, it’s a short road to doing the same– taking what you want by force. Or, perhaps, you will vote for those who promise to do it for you.

More false vision: allegedly, income inequality varies directly with poverty levels. However, no causal chain is ever described and no historical example is ever given for this “calculus” (algebra, actually).

Measuring self against others, whether you come out “better” or “worse,” always leads to folly. If you believe yourself to be better, you become prideful and arrogant—“high and lifted-up.” And if you believe you have come up short, you become angry, bitter, resentful, and, sometimes, violent.

And you become ungrateful.

The Left’s concern for income inequality was always meant to inflame covetousness and all the sins of commission that flow from that source.

Abel knew.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel,Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in January 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!