by Erica Rupp, guest blogger
Protestors may have packed up their tents and left Zuccotti Park, but the fact remains income inequality continues to be a cause for which millennials want to be heard. The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement became headline news in 2011 when protestors camped out in cities across the nation to represent what they saw as the disparity of wealth distribution of the 99% and the wealthiest 1% of the population. Although all ages and walks of life participated in OWS, the largest plurality was young adults in their 20s, and Forbes explains why.
It is my guess that that the issue of class conflict is not going to disappear anytime soon. A recent Pew Research Center survey finds that about two-thirds of the public (66%) believes there are "very strong" or "strong" conflicts between the rich and the poor--an increase of 19 percentage points since 2009. As Christians, how should we respond to this growing conflict?