Not class warfare
What do you do when firefighters, as mentioned in this article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, cannot afford to buy a house because the market under $200,000 doesn't exist?
Clarke said his father, who works for the state police department, bought a 2,000-square-foot home in Chesterfield in 1986. At the time, his father was making about $30,000 and the home cost $70,000.
Nearly 20 years later, Clarke makes $36,000 a year and that same house is valued at $250,000.
"The cost of housing is still outpacing salaries," Lafayette said.
Am I the only one who sees this as a moral issue?
The desire and benefits of homeownership may cause couples to work longer hours or farther away for higher wages, sacrificing family time and increasing stress. Gone are the days of single incomes for many folks. Another option is for families is to move farther away from their jobs, such as this firefighter, adding time away from home.
This is not lower class people we're talking about - it's middle class folks, making a decent living, trying to get by, who must work much harder and longer to achieve what their parents were able to.
I understand that many of these factors are systematic and is economic in nature, but the historian in me says "it doesn't have to be this way." Nothing is inevitable. Still, I don't understand enough about economics to explain how this situation arose nor do I know enough to recommend a solution.
I am recommending that we Christians, if we really want to focus on the family, should start focusing on real, everyday issues that families actually do focus on, such as making money to give their children a decent life. With high rates of divorce plus studies that show financial disagreements as a major cause of marriage breakups, this issue needs input and concern from the Christian community if we want to be relevant to the problems society face.