Once again, Chris Hedges serves as a prophetic voice that we ignore at our peril. In a recent Truthdig commentary, Hedges called upon mainline churches, including Trinity Church, Wall Street, to be renewed by the Occupy Wall Street movement's embodiment of the values of the Beatitudes:
The Occupy movement is the force that will revitalize traditional Christianity in the United States or signal its moral, social and political irrelevance. The mainstream church, battered by declining numbers and a failure to defiantly condemn the crimes and cruelty of the corporate state, as well as a refusal to vigorously attack the charlatans of the Christian right, whose misuse of the Gospel to champion unfettered capitalism, bigotry and imperialism is heretical, has become a marginal force in the life of most Americans, especially the young.
Is anybody listening?