Now at four weeks old, Occupy Wall Street has garnered plenty of notice: unions are lending their support; “Arab Spring” Egyptian activist Mohammed Ezzeldin spoke at NYC’s Washington Square; veteran activists including Jessie Jackson and Andrew Young are voicing their take; and even an Iranian General-Masoud Jazayeri-says the protests are an “American Spring.” Love it, or hate it, Occupy is here for the duration.
The title of this and the prior post came from Luke 19:12-27, the story about the nobleman who entrusted money to his servants to put to use until he returned. “Occupy” probably meant to put the money to use. Here the “money” with Occupy is the power of mass protest and the power to make it an effective weapon in addressing the issues of the hour. The question of tonight’s post is what is going to be done with what Occupy Wall Street’s been entrusted with?
As in my first post ten days ago, I support the movement. I’m glad to see it taking off as it is. However, it’s time to get to the issues. It’s good to have this mass movement, however it’s time to get moving. What will this movement address? Who will they be addressing? How will they address it? Will these protesters take to the ballots next month? Like the Tea Party, will they spawn candidates and slates to take on Wall Street and its DC flunkies? Will the “Occupy” movements in other cities link up with each other and form a powerful network to be a resource for financially suffering Americans by tapping into alternative means of living and self-determination? Will this movement tap into the liberal churches for partnering?
Right now, Occupy Wall Street (and daughter movements) are a laser beam that’s been switched on. They can either focus that laser beam energy and use it as both a tool and a weapon; or they can burn out before their time and possibly self-destruct. If Occupy does the former, it will get people’s attention in ways never dreamed possible and can act as an agent of change that could re-write the American future. However, if it goes the latter route, it’ll be just a flash in the pan, die off much to its critics’ delight, and let “business as usual” continue in America.
To end this post, there’s a warning in the above parable noted in Luke 19:26:
“For I say unto you, that unto every one that hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away from him.”
Occupy Wall Street has a unique opportunity to use what it has been entrusted with. I pray they use it effectively.
Good nigh Occupy. Peace.