I’ve been wanting to write up a longer introduction to this link for two weeks, but I haven’t gotten around to it. Zach over at Revolution in Jesusland was visiting European lefties and told them that Christians are on the vanguard of American anti-capitalist sentiment:
So when I bring up the “Revolutionaries” of the American church, people over here completely freak out. They cannot believe it. They will not believe it. Their faces wince up, because they know I can’t be making this up completely, but it’s just too much to process. They dismiss it. There’s a strong stereotype of the “ignorant protestant preacher” and they can’t reconcile it with what I’m saying.
Somehow, eventually, these two mainstream forces that are questioning capitalism on both sides of the Atlantic will have to get to know each other, but that’s probably a while off.
I know not everyone who reads and comments hear is anti-capitalist by any means, so I thought I’d throw it out there and see what you all have to say. Is Zach off his rocker? Is he on to something? If he is, is it hopeful news? Or is it another sign of the wayward drift of the church in the United States?
When I think of Christian anti-capitalists, I always think of my friends in Prayer I58, a network based around Isaiah 58. In July 2005 I camped out with them for a week at the Eco-village in Stirling, Scotland in response to the G8 meeting in nearby Gleneagles. We set up a prayer tent and read the litany of resistance while riot cops marched by. And I think of PAPA fest, a gathering with a similar atmosphere, but no riot cops.
Of course these are only my personal encounters with a wider movement that is happening across the church from Justice Revivals at Vineyard churches to John Perkin’s Christian Community Development Association.