Wednesday, October 19, 2011

OCCUPY what?

Occupy Wall Street has erupted into nationwide phenomena of outrage and marginality that is winning the attention of the media. It is as if a generation longing for meaning has locked in, not on a profound purpose or cause for justice, but a cultural  "happening" as it used to be called.
     They are developing their own rules, language and culture, but lack a cohesive sense of what it's all for. We know what they are against: power, big money, old money, The Man, corporate interests, the establishment... but they are less articulate about how to remedy the ills that so enrage them.
    Surely there are greedy people and corporations on Wall Street and elsewhere, and the hoarding of wealth is repulsive. These things do not escape the eye of the Lord. Micah 2:1-3 "Woe to those who devise iniquity, And work out evil on their beds! At morning light they practice it, Because it is in the power of their hand."

     The question is, to whom do we register our complaint? Surely it's not wrong to practice peaceful protest. But when we have a legitimate gripe, the one to whom we complain reveals a lot about who we believe holds the answer to the problem. In this case the plaintiffs obviously feel that Wall Street holds the power to fix our current crisis. This is misplaced confidence.
     To whom should we, as God's people, be airing our moans of malaise? Who holds the answers? The pages of scripture reveal that God's people have always turned to Him to answer their questions and concerns. This means that a more appropriate movement might be called "OCCUPY THE SANCTUARY" crying out together to the Father for deliverance and help.

Luke 18:6-8    Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"   

Psalm 9:9-10    The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You. 

What do you think?


William Straight said...

Thanks for this spiritual perspective, Pastor. Reminds me of the need to practice Psalm 18:6. Thanks for giving us this awesome life-giving reminder of who really holds the answers. God Bless!

Richard Earl said...

Thanks William, for the encouragement...let's OCCUPY 'til He comes!