Moses, the Arab Spring, and Occupy Movement
Shalom Mennonite Virginia
The above video presentation is called From Moses to the Arab Spring to Occupy & the 99% by Shalom Mennonite Church Youth. (This is the same church that made the labyrinth video posted on Menno-lite last week.) According to this video, after learning the stories of Moses in the Bible for 2 years, these youth had a hard time knowing which came first, the ten plagues or the ten commandments. So they put together a time line of the events that compares the way people in the Arab Spring and the Occupy 99% movement around the world are like modern day Moseses.
In the video, they hold up papers of the events of the life of Moses which they have organized into chronological order. A girl holds up the first paper and reads a chart that says:
Pharoah represented the 1% wealthy elite in Egypt.
The Hebrews at the bottom of the social pyramid and suffered under the economic and political system.
Then the story of Moses and the exodus out of Egypt is told in order. It is creatively done by these lovely kids – almost refreshing, were it not for what is added to the end of the story where these youth apply it to modern times. With the help of prompts they conclude that Moses freed the people from “an oppressive economical and political system that oppressed them.” Here is a transcript of their modern day application …
-In January 2011 the people living in Egypt again called for a change in the economic and political system affecting their lives.
-An Egyptian woman made a video of herself asking the people of her country to meet her in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo to call for change.
-She was like a modern day Moses. Her name was Asmaa Mahfouz.
-picture of Asmaa Mahfouz is held up
-In the fall of 2011, people living in the US began to call for a change in their economic and political system. They held a sit -in to “occupy Wall Street.”
-Wall Street represents the 1% of Americans who are benefiting from the current policital and economic system. Occupy Wall Street says they want an economic and political system that works for all … for the 99%.
-Today there are people all over the world calling for change, just like Moses.
We are all Moses.
These youth are from the same Shalom Church congregation that heard a Palm Sunday sermon (with a quote from activist Shane Claiborne) in which the worshippers, who sang Hosanna to the Messiah as he rode into Jerusalem, were compared to mere protestors… “Looking like an Occupy Wall Street crowd with their sandals and loose-fitting clothes, and bodies marked with the dirt and grime of predominately pedestrian lifestyle. Jesus sits front and center on their borrowed low-emissions vehicles (sounds and smells notwithstanding).” (See: http://www.shalomcongregation.va.us.mennonite.net/Worship/Sermons:CB2=2014-04-13.html@CB4)
Are these adults and children being brainwashed with propaganda in the name of Jesus and Menno Simons? Read the following links to decide:
4TH-GRADERS BRAINWASHED WITH OCCUPY ‘PROPAGANDA’
Student’s dad complains to Scholastic News publisher
The 99%: Official list of Occupy Wall Street’s supporters, sponsors and sympathizers
Using Class Warfare To Divide America
The Spirit of Lawlessness