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As a Christian, I find it disheartening to see the huge income gap between the rich and the poor. This income inequality shows a lack of compassion for the well-being of our neighbors in need. My loving parents taught me the Golden Rule: love your neighbors as yourself.
To help narrow the huge income gap between the rich and the poor, I believe we need to raise the minimum wage so our neighbors can have more income to be able to afford to pay their rent, buy food with cash instead of food stamps, shop at local mom and pop stores on Main Street, and eat at local restaurants. The extra money they earn would go back into the local economy, which would increase demand for services that could spur businesses to hire more workers to satisfy and maintain customer satisfaction.
Jesus spent his ministry preaching and helping the poor. As Christians, we need to follow in his footsteps by loving our neighbor, empathizing with their plight and giving them the income they deserve to be active members of our community.