COMMENTARY | I'm not a very religious person although I do lean more toward the Quaker Christian faith. But I am often surprised how many people who claim to be Christian have such a negative disdain toward the protesters who are occupying Wall Street.
Take Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich for instance. While speaking at an Iowa family values forum Saturday, Gingrich had a strong message for the Occupy Wall Street protesters: "Get a job right after you take a bath." He also added the movement showed the "left has collapsed as a moral system in this country." This comment from a man who, in 2009, said his faith makes him "much more concerned about helping the poor."
Gingrich is only one example of the hypocrisy some alleged Christians have shown towards the Occupy Wall Street movement. Believe me, I could go on just based on some of the people I know. But why give them any more space in this commentary?
I don't profess to know the Bible all that well. In fact I don't even own a Bible. But I do recall some of the teachings of Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus told us it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle that for a rich person to enter into the Kingdom heaven (Matthew 19:24.) And if the story of Jesus cleansing the temple by turning over the tables of "money changers" who were selling animals (doves, the symbols of peace) for sacrifice at a place for worship is not evidence of the first Occupy Wall Street movement, I don't know what is.
As the Christmas season approaches and we begin to sing songs that teach good will towards man, let's keep something in mind about the guy whose birthday is being celebrated. If Jesus were alive today, he'd be sitting in a tent on Wall Street and I'd be more than happy to let him use my bathroom.