The Occupy Wall Street protests that have now turned into a global movement have been an interesting development. Through the movement, we have seen that people are so fed up with corporate greed—backed by the complicity of Wall Street companies—that they have decided to speak out and attempt to shame the corporate giants into submission.
I don’t know if that will ever happen, but I do know this: Throughout all of the demonstrations, camping out at parks and challenging the status quo, it seems as if the Occupy movement has missed one very important thing.
A few weeks ago, my pastor, the Rev. K.R. Woods, of Covenant Worship Center in Berkeley, made it all clear in his sermon when he touched on this very subject.
The title of his sermon was simply “Occupy,” and he based his sermon on Luke 19:10-26, also known as the Parable of the Ten Minas, in which Jesus tells a story about a king who gives his servants ten talents and tells the servants to make use of them.
The point my pastor made, which is so profound, was that folks in the Occupy movement are directing their frustration at other people instead of recognizing that the problem—greed—is, in actuality, a spirit. Greed is not a political issue. It’s not even a financial evil. It is a spiritual problem. And you can only fight something spiritual with spiritual weapons. The only spiritual weapons I know about come from Jesus Christ.
“The word occupy to those who are out there in front of City Hall, the word occupy for those who are camped out in Oakland, the word occupy to those who are camped out in London and France—it means to seize in order to bring to a halt,” my pastor said. “But the word used here in the text for occupy means the exact opposite. It means to seize in order to advance.”
He went on to say: “They’re trying to deal with a spiritual problem by occupying it in the natural. They can camp out, riot, burn stuff. But the demon that is behind the chaos only becomes more emboldened. It takes believers, you and I—the people of God—to tell the devil enough is enough.”
You can hear more from the sermon in the clip below.
So wouldn’t the Occupy movement be so much more effective if, instead of occupying a park or a bank, people occupied the rows of a church where the power of Jesus could set folks and their debt free?
On that same notion, wouldn’t it be so much more inspirational if churches occupied the cities in which they reside so that more souls could be saved?
If a church couldn’t do that, then why not occupy the block surrounding the church so that at least the people in that area could be blessed?
And if that couldn’t be done, then why not just occupy your family so that you and your loved ones could prosper in God’s love.