There is a fascinating info-graph on the New York Times website, which can be found here. There are a lot of nuggets to be gleaned from the graph, but let me make just a few observations.
1. For those who are wealthy: There is a disturbing lack of correlation between the increase in productivity and the increase in wages. Perhaps there is more data that is relevant here, but it appears that those who have access to resources are leverging those resources in such a way as to hoard profits.
James' words to the wealthy are strong: "Look, the pay you have held back from the workers who mowed your fields cries out against you, and hte cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived indulgently and luxuriously on the earth. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter" (James 5:4-5).
2. For those who are "poor": Do not envy the wealthy. It is easy to lament one's condition when one compares oneself to the very wealthy. But the wealthy have troubles of their own. Consider: Do you believe that greater access to wealth would increase your spiritual maturity? Or do you believe that the odds are greater that more wealth would tempt you to be drawn away from God and more in love with the material world (Prov. 30:7-9)?
3. For all of us: Our increasing level of debt is a symptom of a culture that refuses to deny itself anything.
Some will see this chart as symptomatic of the greed of the wealthy. Others will see it as a sign of our economic misfortune. I see in it the signs of a nation that has jettisoned not only biblical principles but human wisdom as well.