So I had a revelation yesterday while I was reflecting on scripture. In Matthew 18:10-14 Jesus tells the parable of the lost sheep. If a shepherd has 100 sheep and one is lost the shepherd goes out and finds the one. I might have heard that scripture at least half a hundred times throughout my lifetime. I might be underestimating that estimate. Still, it took yesterday to articulate something that has be rubbing me the wrong way for months now.
I don't agree with the Occupy movement. I don't think it has been put together to share a message of love, and without a message of love I cannot see any good that can come from it. Before yesterday I couldn't fully explain myself. The Matthew scripture brings it all together.
If a person becomes lost to the collective group we are not called to destroy, steal, or hurt the person who becomes lost. If a person strays away from the family of God we are not called to further ostracize that person. If the one cannot seem to find their way, it is not our place to consider that a reason to hate. Instead, it is our job to bring them back, to love them, to welcome them. The Occupy movement has created a "us/them" issue. Poor us. Hate them. It doesn't matter if 'them' is right or wrong, the movement is wrong in how they are dealing with it. No matter what the 1% believes, does, or has done they are still sheep. They are still part of the fold. It doesn't matter if their wool is a different color, they are still part of the shepherd's flock. If we are honest we will realize these ideas are the wolves in sheep clothing. They are causing us to tear ourselves apart.
Therefore I stand and say: I am the 100%.