Wall Street and the Golden Calf

Just in case you missed it…this is a moment every professing Christian in America should take a look at, pray about, read the scriptures and gain understanding, if they have lost understanding in their own greed or worship at the foot of this idol.

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’ “”
– Exodus 32:7-8

Last Sunday morning, I worshiped with six other Sojourners interns at my home congregation, Judson Memorial Church, in New York City. The Rev. Donna Schaper, along with the Rev. Michael Ellick and others, stood before the parishioners and prayed those words from Exodus.

As they prayed those ancient words, an elevated life-sized golden effigy of the Wall Street Bull stood behind them, poised to charge, as musical director Michael Conley improvised ominous melodies on the piano.

I don’t know what it was, exactly — the scripture, the hovering golden bull-calf, the creepy music, or the combination of all three — but something clicked for me in that moment. A fire was kindled.

Later that day, dozens of church members marched with the papier mache golden calf to Zuccotti Square where they participated in a prayer vigil with faith leaders and faithful (of various religious traditions) from around the city.

Read the full story here: http://blog.sojo.net/2011/10/11/occupywallstreet-playing-with-fire-and-corraling-the-golden-calf/

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