I was listening to UCB this morning and a discussion came up about the Anti-Greed/Capitalist Protestors (Occupy Wall Street demonstrations) outside St Paul’s Cathedral. I was horrified to hear that the Cathedral officials decided to close the cathedral doors due to health and safety risks to visitors caused by protestors. The decision to close is costing St Paul’s £20,000 per day and church officials have asked the protestors to ‘move-on’ so they can open the doors again!
I was flabbergasted! These people are protesting against greed and I thought God sided with the poor and oppressed. Aren’t we, as Christians, supposed to help and support those less fortunate? Does the church focus on money or people?
One protestor even said “It would be great to have them (St Paul’s) on our side, we are not against the church”
Jesus is about big love, not big buildings – shouldn’t the staff be getting out there, handing out tea, coffee, soup, chatting with the protestors, coming along-side them the way Jesus taught us?
The Chancellor, Dr Giles Fraser, has resigned following the Cathedral’s actions. He supports the protestors, even intervening as police tried to move them from the entrance. And although I agree with Dr Fraser, this resignation has caused disunity in the church, which gives Christianity a bad name. The staff and people of St Paul’s should be ‘engaging’ with the protestors and surely God will sort out the rest.
“…men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:5-6
“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
Jesus, Luke 12:15