The 99 Percent

If you haven’t been following the Occupy Wall Street protests and the affiliated “We Are the 99 Percent” blog, you should. Because I’m not sure there’s a more chilling example of what happens when Christians fail to imbue their culture and their government with the spirit and mission of Christ.

“I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat …

… I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink …

… I was a stranger and you did not invite me in …

… I needed clothes and you did not clothe me …

… I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.” …

… They also will answer, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?” …

… He will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” (Matthew 25:42-45)

Christians for too long have seen political activism and the American government as a way to legislate Old Testament ethics and fight abortion. My argument has been that we as Christians have a moral obligation to use government action in helping the poor and voiceless – those who are the overriding focus of God’s energy throughout the Bible – when the churches fail to do the job.

Well, the churches failed a long time ago, and the government now is too broken to do anything. Will we as Christians step back into the gap? Can we?

If so, how?

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