The “Occupy” movement and what humanity needs

By Rosalie E. Dunbar
Published in The Christian Science Monitor on October 13, 2011

“Occupy Wall Street” … “Occupy Boston” … “Occupy Boise.” The movement to challenge perceived injustice by banks and Wall Street began in New York and has reached at least 12 cities. As the movement has grown, economists, pundits, political analysts – and the rest of us – are wondering where it will lead. No one has any clear answers. It’s probably safe to say, however, that no matter how this movement and others play out, prayer for stability, clarity, and wisdom on the part of protesters, police, and other officials seems essential.

One photo in the gallery on the Monitor’s website that caught my eye shows a woman with a poster that reads, “When the power of love/ Overcomes the love of power/ 100% will know peace.” That poster reminded me of something Christ Jesus said: “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me” (John 5:30).

There’s no doubt that Jesus believed in the power of love – urging his disciples to love one another as he had loved them. And there has never been a man so uninterested in worldly power as Christ Jesus. Yet his selfless – and courageous – love was so powerful that it kept him fearless and even raised him from the tomb after his crucifixion.

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