There is no more discrediting incident than when a "pastor" comes out and says something that is so off base that everyone knows how mistaken they are. Especially if you have ever read the Bible.
Take for example Jim Wallis. The left leaning Sojourners founder has entered the political foray by saying that the Occupy Wall Street movement "stands with Jesus".
His exact words:
When they stand with the poor, they stand with Jesus.
When they stand with the hungry, they stand with Jesus.
When they stand for those without a job or a home, they stand with Jesus. [...]
When they talk about holding banks and corporations accountable, they sound like Jesus and the biblical prophets before him who all spoke about holding the wealthy and powerful accountable.
Now I am not entirely familiar with Mr. Wallis' scholarly credentials, but there is something inherently wrong with the message that he is spreading. The OWS movement is NOTHING like Jesus.
Jesus wouldn't violate his own law. Jesus would not go against his own words.
What do I mean? Let's take a look at how OWS does NOT stand with Jesus.
1 - Jesus Would Not Tell His Followers to Violate the Ten Commandments
Let's take the 8th Commandment: You shall not steal. What's one of the biggest problems with OWS? Thieves.
Occupy Wall Street protesters said yesterday that packs of brazen crooks within their ranks have been robbing their fellow demonstrators blind, making off with pricey cameras, phones and laptops -- and even a hefty bundle of donated cash and food.
“Stealing is our biggest problem at the moment,” said Nan Terrie, 18, a kitchen and legal-team volunteer from Fort Lauderdale.
“I had my Mac stolen -- that was like $5,500. Every night, something else is gone. Last night, our entire [kitchen] budget for the day was stolen, so the first thing I had to do was . . . get the message out to our supporters that we needed food!”
2 - Jesus Would NOT Tell His Followers To Rape
In Deuteronomy 22:25 the Bible gives out clear punishment to a rapist:
"But if in the field the man finds the girl who is engaged, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lies with her shall die.
Jesus would condemn any of his followers who violated this.
But in Cleveland police are investigating the claim of a 19-year old woman who has stated that she was raped in a tent at "Occupy Cleveland". The young woman attends a school In Parma, OH for people with educational disabilities such as ADD, Autism, and ADHD.
3 - Jesus' Follower's Would Not Associate with an Anti Semitic Movement
Jesus was a Jew. The Occupy Movement is filled with people who hate Israel.
A growing number of Israelis and foreign Jewish groups are expressing concern over the anti-Semitic flavor of some of the "Occupy Wall St." economic protests in the US.
In Los Angeles, California, protestor Patricia McAllister, who identified herself as an employee of the Los Angeles Unified School District (we can only hope she is not an educator), had this to say:
"I think that the Zionist Jews, who are running these big banks and our Federal Reserve, which is not run by the federal government… they need to be run out of this country."
On the American Nazi Party website, leader Rocky Suhayda voiced support for "Occupy Wall St." and asked, "Who hold the wealth and power in this country? The Judeo-Capitalists. Who is therefore the #1 enemy who makes this filth happen? The Judeo-Capitalists."
One of people reportedly responsible for organizing the "Occupy Wall St." protests, Adbusters editor Kalle Lasn, has a history of perpetuating conspiracy theories that say the Jews control America's foreign policies.
4 - Jesus' Would Not Accept His Followers Using Drugs
The Bible makes no mention of people who stood with Jesus smoking marijuana, or overdosing on cough syrup.
And then there’s the drug use. Numerous reports have claimed that the smell of marijuana has been more than present among the protesters.
On Saturday, a 23-year-old man was sent to the hospital after he ingested liquor and cough syrup. The young man, named Zachary, was not breathing; he was in serious condition.
The Bottom Line is this: You cannot compare this group of individuals to Jesus'. They don't even have an interest in the comparison. You can't even compare them to the Tea Party, where none of the described behavior even remotely happens. This is just an attempt to justify anarchy, and hoping to use some individuals frustration to push forward a radical and freedom killing agenda.