I’m probably stepping in it to address Occupy Wall Street, but it made me think about thinking, thought I’d share.
Occupy Wall Street put out a Declaration of Occupation declaring their grievances. Allow me to point out three:
–“They [corporations] have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.”
–“They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right”
–“They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.”
Issue One is that they don’t want government to bail out corporations
Issue Two is that they do want government to bail out students
Issue Three is that they don’t want corporations to be bailed out because this is failed economic policy.
My Issue–if bailing out corporation is bad economic policy how does bailing out individuals suddenly become good economic policy? It’s the same policy! Does having it work out better for you suddenly make it successful?
To me this is an example of stupidity. Just because you want something to work doesn’t mean it will work, ask my son.
This reminds me of the Christian thinking that says:
Issue One is that God must show me grace.
Issue Two is that God must let me continue to enjoy sin.
Issue Three is that God must be happy with this whole deal.
My Issue–God does not like sin, that’s why He offers grace! Those who turn grace into lasciviousness deny the Lord Jesus Christ. God is not happy with people who want to take grace and sin, it doesn’t work that way.
No matter how much you want to embrace two opposites and hope it works out for you, it won’t, it can’t. You can’t serve two masters. Grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts and then teaches us to walk soberly, righteously and godly right now.
To hold grace and sin is actually to merely embrace sin. You may be happy thinking you can hold both, but God is not, and God happens to be the Judge.