Democracy at Work ( by Carley Evans )

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.’

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7 thoughts on “Democracy at Work ( by Carley Evans )

  1. mtsweat says:

    I’ve often wondered… if the Body of Christ had continued to live as those from Luke’s account, as God added to the Church daily those who should be saved, would there even be a need for social programs? All needs would be met by the Church. Imagine that!

    The problem with the system we have today is that it is not comprised of cheerful givers meeting needs. It’s a government with no checks and balances running a nation into the deep end of the river. In Luke’s account, he was describing local communities where needs became known (real needs) by those personally involved with the lives of others. Today, someone thousands of miles away determines we need a zillion million dollars here or there, and presto, “Make it so #1.”

    However (I don’t think I’ve ever posted a longer response, sorry), the answer is in your note. May the people of God be the people of God, and everything else will be handled by God. More personally, may I be the man of God described by the Bible as one being ‘in Christ’. Then the rest could be footnotes.

    Thanks Carley and God bless.

    • lambskinny says:

      Michael,

      Don’t apologize. I love your ‘long’ response.

      And, there’s the answer and the problem all in one — the Church. The body of Christ, as it exists today, does NOT care for the world at large. The Church appears to only care about itself.

      Jesus says we will always have the poor, but I don’t think He meant for us to not provide for them — right?

      If the Church gave of itself rather than to itself, the world would be transformed. Of this, I am certain.

      God help us be the body of Christ we are meant to be. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

      Thanks again, dear brother. Carley

  2. lambskinny says:

    Thanks Susie. God bless. Carley

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