I’ve been committing a lot of time to Occupy Nashville because I think it’s a forum to talk about things that need to be talked about — namely, how we should all be doing a better job of taking care of each other. Several of us collaborated on this statement to take to our faith communities, and I think it’s spot on:
An invitation to our brothers and sisters in Christ from members of the Nashville Christian faith community who are participating in Occupy Nashville
Because we believe that all of the Law and the Prophets hang on the two greatest commandments to love God with our whole heart, soul, and mind, and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves;
Because we believe that we are called to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the imprisoned, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, and bury the dead;
Because we believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is good news to the poor, freedom for the prisoners, sight for the blind and release for the oppressed;
Because we believe that no one can serve two masters, and therefore, we cannot serve both God and money;
Because we believe that in the beloved community that there is no longer Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female;
Because we believe that we are called to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us;
Because we believe that faith without works is dead;
We have made the decision to celebrate the good news of Jesus Christ by participating in Occupy Nashville. As followers of Jesus, we can no longer sit idly by while millions of our sisters and brothers, children made in the image of God, suffer needlessly due to greed.
When the top 1% of households in this country controls 38.1% of the total wealth, we do not love our neighbors as ourselves.
When the top 10% of households in this country controls over 70% of the total wealth, we do not love our neighbors as ourselves.
When the bottom 40% of households in this country controls only 0.2% of the total wealth, we do not love our neighbors as ourselves.
When the false doctrine of corporate personhood is perpetrated in a manner that allows corporate control of the political process, we do not love our neighbors as ourselves.
When over 46 million Americans are living in poverty, we do not love our neighbors as ourselves.
When at least 1 in 6 Americans is without health insurance, we do not love our neighbors as ourselves.
When we fail to love our neighbors as ourselves, we do not love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Therefore, we invite all Christian leaders and followers of Jesus the Christ to join us in Legislative Plaza, or to join with us in spirit by signing this statement of faith and support. We do this because we believe another world is possible. We believe the Kingdom of God is among us.
And here are a few pictures: