Why Liberty Needs Justice: A Response to the Tea Party-Occupy Film
Second, the Tea Party spokeswoman's assessment that America's Declaration of Independence was a call to protect oneself against government in general, which she implies will always be tyrannical, is misguided. The Declaration of Independence was written by founders of a government who fought real tyranny—taxation without representation, imperial rule without democracy, foreign rule without self-governance. And that self-governance was not about an individual's ability to self-govern. It was about the colonists' lack of liberty to legislate and regulate civic life apart from the crown. The Founders were not a band of individuals fighting the big bad monster called government. They formed a government to fight foreign rule. That was the context for their declaration.
Meanwhile, we see Hogeweide writing her Occupy Portland sign for the day: "Corporate Personhood = Corrupt Government." What fuels her engagement? Her desire to see revival.
"I've been one of those women," she says, "who has been like, 'Rain it down, God. Bring revival to America.' " Then she attended an Occupy march and scanned the crowd. It suddenly occurred to her: "What if this revival is not gonna happen inside the church?"
I understand what Hogeweide means. Through most of my teens and 20s, I sat in pews and prayed for revival. I prayed fervently that the Holy Spirit would break out across this land and transform lives and hearts and bring people back to Jesus. But my sense of what revival would look like was rooted in an individualistic, suburban, middle-class understanding of a faith that was, frankly, born in a communal, largely urban, politically and ethnically oppressed culture. My vision of revival was limited to individual holiness.