PICO Pastor Talks About Religious Movement to Challenge Big Banks, Restore American Dream
According to the New Bottom Line blog, Rev. Ryan Bell, pastor at West Hollywood Adventist Church and a leader in PICO National Network, appeared on the radio program Interfaith Voices to talk about the movement to divest from Bank of America, which his church is involved in. (Rev. Bell’s church moved their annual $500,000 operating budget out of Bank of America after banking with them for over 40 years.)
Rev. Bell talks eloquently about the Scriptural basis for his support for the “Move your Money” effort, likening America’s bailed-out big banks to the unmerciful servant in the Book of Matthew who refuses to forgive a small debt that is owed him even after his master forgives the servant’s own large debt.
He goes into detail about the movement that’s pulled millions of dollars out of Bank of America and explains why faith leaders need to speak out with moral authority on this important issue. As too many Americans struggle with underwater mortgages and illegal foreclosures, Rev. Bell and leaders like him are issuing a nationwide clarion call to divest from these sinful banks and stand strong in opposition to their predatory practices.