Would Jesus Occupy Wall Street?
There is an excellent article by Lisa Miller of The Washington Post offering a reflection and commentary on this question. I think that she and those she spoke with for the piece articulate well many of the central elements of Jesus’s ministry and proclamation of the Kingdom of God. His relationships and behavior revealed God’s compassionate love for and solidarity with the voiceless, marginalized and poor of our world. I think Jesus would indeed be a fan of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Here’s a preview of Miller’s piece:
Born with little means into a first-century world, the historical Jesus might feel right at home with the very aspects of the occupation that so many 21st-century observers consider gross: the tents, the damp sleeping bags, the communal kitchen. Jesus would have sympathy, I think, with the campers’ efforts to keep a small space sanitary in the absence of modern plumbing…
The Jesus of history would love them all. What Jesus really said, and what he meant, are the subjects of culture’s greatest controversies, but one thing is sure. Jesus gave preferential treatment to society’s outcasts. Lepers, tax collectors, prostitutes — all would attain heaven before the ordained elites. Jesus believed that God was about to right the world’s wrongs with a great upheaval — soon — and at that time, a radical reversal of the social order would occur. As he says in the gospels, the meek will inherit the earth.
Jesus would have sympathy, too, with the occupiers’ first complaint: that in America, the poorest have too little and the richest too much. In first-century Judea, a powerful ruling class held nearly all the wealth and most people lived at subsistence levels.
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