The Occupy Wall Street movement builds on over 2,000 years of Christian activism aimed at helping poor people and promoting social justice. Like Jesus, many of the people taking a stand are willing to sacrifice their own comfort and welfare to help the less fortunate. In this article I compile writings that demonstrate how Jesus Christ was a radical reformer and rebel who challenged the rich and powerful of his day. You will find key quotes that summarize how Jesus taught us to care for the least among us. He also fought hard against greed and corruption during his time.
I was moved to write this article by the “Poverty Tour” conducted recently by Tavis Smiley and Cornell West. This amazing program was broadcast over five nights on PBS. This article provides links to watch the shows, as well as a summary of the series. I was also inspired to write when Joe Scarborough finished his MSNBC interview with Smiley and West with his own testimony that “Jesus’ ministry was about taking care of the poor. We don’t see that from the very people who wave their bibles around the most.” This article documents the many ways in which Jesus would now be considered not just a liberal, but a radical in today’s culture. I have included a summary of an important book called “Radical: Taking back your faith from the American Dream” by David Platt. You will also learn about the great song “Jesus Christ” by Woody Guthrie (which uses the melody from Jesse James and has been covered well by U2.) Click to Learn Why Jesus would Lead the Fight against greedy Wall Street moneychangers