Friday, November 18, 2011

The Original Occupy Wall Street Protester

I was sent this image by a friend, and initially it gave me quite a good chuckle. The more I thought about it, however, the more I began to realize how true the sentiments expressed in this poster actually are.

Can anyone doubt that our own Wall Street tycoons most certainly are the contemporary manifestation of Jesus' money changers? Profit at all costs; profit above all else; profit from the death, misery, and misfortunes of their fellow human beings....This is what moves and inspires our modern money changers. Profit is their supreme deity.

At least the money changers in Jesus' own time had some limits placed above their avarice. They were content to cheat their fellow Jews out of a few sheckels, not drive them to the brink of utter and complete destitution. When 15 million children in the United States (21% of all American children) live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level in a country where the richest citizens quibble about having to pay a percentage or two more in taxes, can there really be any doubt who Jesus would be driving out of his sight if he was around today?

I won't try to make the analogy between the God-man and the good men and women who are doing battle against forces of greed on Wall Street. That, after all, might strike some as being a tad sacrilegious.

You can draw your own analogies, if you so choose.

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