If the previous posts hold true: namely that OWS is indeed a global phenomena affecting hundreds of thousands of people that is an incredibly diversified in regard to how to make things better; what is the appropriate response for the church. Or, as Francis Schaeffer so aptly questioned “How should we then live?”
The first thing the Church must do is actually be honest with ourselves in answering a simple question: Do you love the people involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement? Or, are have you allowed a critical judgmental condescending spirit to affect the way you view these people? We need to first love these people and thusly be compelled by that love to continue.
The next thing I would implore the church to do would be to learn/listen to what people are actually concerned about. Perhaps some of the people have valid concerns (that unfortunately are dismissed or ignored because we categorically have dismissed the entire OWS movement). Once a true injustice has been identified, the church must consider how the Gospel should come to bear regarding that particular issue. Then innovate, be creative and allow the redemptive work of Christ to shape an innovative response.
Now, I know this can sound rather abstract so let me provide a concrete example:
Biblical Critique/Gospel Evaluation (is it an injustice?)
Right now, society is building institutions on the backs of student debt. Both private and public colleges and universities are contributing to a significant injustice. Education should be financially accessible (I need to be careful here, I do not think students having to repay the loans that they voluntarily signed for is an injustice…everyone of us who have ever signed for a student loan did so knowing that we would have to pay that back some day). But, there is a structural injustice here.
Gospel Driven Alternative
So if there is an injustice in higher education, how should the church respond? Very simply: START NEW SCHOOLS that would correct the injustice. Create, innovate, and reform the way higher education is done (Yes, this is what Eternity Bible College is attempting to do, and we would love to have others join us in this). By doing this the Church will model compassion for the community and also model for greater society the comprehensive transformational power of a gospel driven worldview.
There is a significant aspect of our global community that is in turmoil, and the church is uniquely positioned to offer a gospel driven response (in both content and action). In so doing the church has the opportunity to offer true and lasting hope to a struggling world.