Christian solidarity with the ‘Occupy London’ movement

Christian solidarity with the ‘Occupy London’ movement

A number of Christian organisations have written a statement expressing solidarity with the ‘Occupy London’ movement. It reads as follows:

As Christians, we stand alongside people of all religions and none who are resisting economic injustice with active nonviolence. We offer our greetings to people engaged in occupations of financial centres throughout the world.

We seek to witness to the love and justice of God, proclaimed by Jesus Christ. Jesus said that he had come to “set free the oppressed”. His gospel is good news for all people. It is a challenge to all structures, systems, practices and attitudes that lead people to exploit and oppress their fellow human beings.

The global economic system divides people one from another and separates humanity from creation. It perpetuates the wealth of the few at the expense of the many. It fuels violence and environmental destruction. It is based on idolatrous subservience to markets. We cannot worship both God and money.

We are inspired by Jesus, who protested against exploitative traders and moneychangers in the Jerusalem Temple. Christianity began as a grassroots protest movement. Nonviolent direct action can play an important and ethical role in resisting injustice and achieving change.

We stand in solidarity with the ‘Occupy London’ movement and regret that they have not been able to make their protest closer to the London Stock Exchange. We applaud their commitment to co-operating with St Paul’s Cathedral and to ensuring that their camp is safe for everyone in the vicinity. We were pleased by the cathedral’s initial welcome to the camp and hope that difficulties between the occupiers and the cathedral can be speedily resolved, keeping the focus on the need to challenge the financial injustices perpetuated by the City of London.

Signed by:

Ekklesia (Christian thinktank)
Fellowship of Reconciliation (Europe)
London Catholic Worker
Society of Sacramental Socialists
Speak network (evangelical students)
Third Way (magazine)

The statement is reproduced in full on the Occupy London Stock Exchange (OLSE) website, and further signatories can endorse it there: http://occupylsx.org/?p=388

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