Occupy Wall Street and Thinkabilitation

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.

2 thoughts on “Occupy Wall Street and Thinkabilitation”

  1. Agree with the application. A few more words about the first part…

    It’s simply a case of seeing the problem in others, but being unable to see it in yourself. The wall-street banksters are just what we have made them to be, and what we all are raised to be. The same goes with our politicians. In our own small sphere, we make the same greedy and selfish deals, but think that because we are not dealing with millions of dollars, it’s okay. “Hey, don’t point the finger at me, God…it was my wife who ate the apple first!”

    The story of the widow’s two mites comes to my mind. Faithfulness even in small things, in our dealing with God and others, is almost entirely absent from our education, because it is not a shortcut to fame and fortune. Yet in God’s educational system, this is the most important feature, as it is a true gauge of the inner character.

    Consider the re-education of Moses, the education of Joseph in Egypt, the strict faithfulness of Daniel in a foreign and corrupt court, and the education of the child Jesus. All had to be strictly faithful in the most humble tasks and situations, before they were fit to rule. Wouldn’t we sleep well at night if we knew Joseph was in charge of the federal reserve? But we cannot wait for that to happen. We need to be that kind of person now, over the small responsibilities we have in our reach.

    I have seen some of the rooms of students on a Christian campus, and they were more messy than a slum house. Why? Because these little details didn’t matter…the student could ignore them and still get his degree and go on to be a teacher of others. Yet Jesus, was very sensitive to the slightest touch of faith…so tuned was He to the details. And when He left the tomb, He folded His grave clothes, which was a sign to His followers that He was not stolen, but rose from the dead. A simple, small act of faithfulness carried a hugely important message. Sloppiness over the small things God has given us to care for, will eventually reveal itself in sloppiness with handling the finer details of the Word of God, and then the message that God wants to give will be marred.

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