Today in this Author Reflection, I’m going to put the Occupy Wall Street Movement into spiritual perspective while comparing with another most unlikely gathering.
Some of you have read my mention of my prison ministry. Not long ago, I was gathered with a small number of Christian convicts for a Bible study. I was a little disheartened that there were so few in number. The gathering was called the “Dirt Church” because they assembled in the yard rather than in the Chapel building.
Before the Bible study wherein I was scheduled to preach the Word, these hardened men sang three praise songs. Through the first song, I chastised myself for desiring more participants. What else could I expect in the pit of evil? I asked myself. God can work wonders with even a small number.
Through the second a Capella worship song, men from all over the yard began to gather with us—murderers, rapists, and thieves; the despised and condemned.
During the third song, the clapping heightened, and I smiled at those men as they lifted their voices in adoration to their Lord and Savior. These men had nothing, and yet they were gathering in prison, accepting Christ, repenting, and praising God.
The Occupy Wall Street Movement that swept the nation does not seem to impact lifers in prison much. In fact, my time that afternoon caused me to pause and reflect. Those men had only one thing on their minds. It wasn’t money, possessions, or even freedom.
At the same time, groups were meeting in several cities around our country with their own goals, agendas, and desires. They long to have a fair chance at the advantages in life that the United States is known for. Though many don’t understand this group’s objectives, the Occupy Wall Street gatherers seem to be committed to a common cause.
One thing that both gatherings have in common is the God-given right to meet together. One group meets together for worship, the other group meets together to accomplish political and economic goals.
And although the goals of the Wall Street group may be admirable to some, I would rather associate with the Dirt Church because the worship of Christ has eternal value. For the Wall Street group, no matter what changes are accomplished, “the things of this world are passing away.”
Hope to see you in the field!
Read another of my Author Reflections here, “3 Principles for Reaching Goals.”