I watched a video yesterday regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement, a video calling for condemnation of the Democratic House and Senate members for supporting it. Of course, President Obama was singled out as well. Seems the Communist and Socialist parties are lending their support to the Occupy Wall Street movement as well; so that makes the whole undertaking suspect, even traitorous. [Not to mention, some of the people living outside in sleeping bags — they voted to purchase — are dirty! And, dancing! And occasionally using foul language — like no Christian ever does!]
When I read the description of the early Church as offered by the well educated physician Luke in the Acts of the Apostles, I am always a little uncomfortable. After all, sounds a lot closer to communism than to capitalism to me.
In case you’ve forgotten:
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.” (Acts 2:42-47, NIV)
I’m not going to say I know exactly what is going on in the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City particularly, but I will say most — it’s never all — of the people involved are genuine American patriots who want what is fair and good for all — not just for some. Perhaps in some of their minds, capitalism does appear evil and self-centered and America does seem to have ‘sold-out.’
But, not allowed bull-horns, the people have elected a leader and whenever anyone speaks, everyone repeats that person so that everyone is able to hear and judge for him or herself the value of what is said. Then, everyone votes to make a collective decision. I think that’s what our forefathers called ‘democracy.’