“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24)
It is hard to imagine that any religion would argue that large numbers of people unemployed and in financial distress would be good for society. Much of America’s current economy is driven by consumer consumption. When consumer consumption decreases the economic wellbeing of the nation contracts. Such a contraction puts a multitude of people out of work and therefore into economic distress. It is unclear how increasing economic distress is going to somehow make people generally more religious, or bring people closer to God. Conspicuous consumption for the sake of flaunting one’s financial status is another issue altogether. That sort of vanity is antithetical to the value of charity, and therefore likely to stand in opposition to spiritual values in general.