This is a great quote for a Lutheran pastor Tom Gaulke from Chicago who has been spending time with those occupying Chicago in the way that people are occupying London (around St Paul’s).
"The more the corporations focus on the wealthy, the more they worship the god of wealth, the more they’re sacrificing the 99 percent, The crisis isn’t just economic or political. Really, it’s a spiritual crisis. For Christians, it’s a matter of idolatry," he says.
That seems to nail it. We look for political and economic solutions to the mess we’re in and that’s right and proper because it is part of our mandate as stewards of creation. But in order to solve a problem we have to identify it properly. And Gaulke has put his finger succinctly on the issue – idolatry.
And idolatry is a spiritual problem requiring a spiritual solution. Whatever politics and economics we conjure to extract ourselves from this mess, without repentance and humility, they are sticking plasters placed over an arterial burst.
You can read the rest of piece where Gaulke’s quoted here.