The one thing the Occupy movement is missing

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Occupy Wall Street protesters join a labor union rally in Foley Square in New York’s Financial District. (Jason DeCrow/AP)

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.

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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.

2 thoughts on “The one thing the Occupy movement is missing

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  2. I wrote your organization over a month ago and did not get a reply. I do not know if it got thgourh. I talked to one of your hosts at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco Exhibit on Wall Street protests. I told him that I had written to Michael Moore regarding a Musical Sound Track. The soundtrack in question is Dantes Symphony in three movements,Inferno, Purgatorio, Magnificat, on you tube video. I commented on the first movement part three,(3/3), in particular. If you remember in the late 60 s, it was Bob Dylan,Joan Baez, and Peter, Paul, and Mary that made the difference. Have you heard the rally that Bill Moyers coveredon PBS? The comment was, we have to become outrageous.Yes that’s right outrageous. That was the 60 s, and liszt is anexcellent accompaniment. These people are Stones .They need shock treatment.

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