I haven’t paid much attention to the Occupy Central movement because firstly I’m a total outsider, and secondly, it just seems like yelling at a cloud. In no way do I feel compelled to get involved.
I do however super love the fact that it is the Church leading the movement. It’s inspiring to see the Church in action as what it’s meant to be: the disruptor. What’s even more amazing to me is that it’s the leaders of the Anglican and Catholic churches getting behind it.
It’s trendy to look down on the traditional denominations under the guise of irrelevance but when it comes down to it, they are the ones who are gutsy enough to oppose the Government. My favourite quote is where one of the church leaders rebukes another who is urging his followers to stay silent as Jesus did on the cross. He basically says that it’s wrong to use the bible to silence the people. Hero.
I have yet to see any new denomination church go all Ride or Die like the 70 year old Reverend co-leading occupy central. Could you even imagine the words ‘civil disobedience’ associated with any celebrity pastor today? Let alone in a headline?
It’s definitely something to think about, seeing as ‘civil disobedience’ might as well have been Jesus’s nickname. These guys are real heroes of the church, it’s just not that noticeable when you exist right in the middle of the bell curve.