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Occupy Wall Street

08 Dec

Occupy Wall Street.

Some are for it.  Others are against it.

Some Christians are for it.  Other Christians are against it.

What to do?

I’ve watched the news, I’ve paid attention to social media and what people are saying on Facebook and Twitter, and I’ve spoken to a few friends about it.

So, what’s my conclusion?

Whether there are injustices or not, we must put our trust in Jesus.

I decided a long time ago that no matter who the president is, no matter what political party controls congress, and no matter where our country finds itself economically, my trust needed to be firmly placed in Jesus.

He is the Provider…not Wall Street…not the government.

He is the Ultimate Judge and He brings TRUE justice…no government or economic entity will ever be able to do that.

He takes care of the rich and poor alike, and He does it fairly.  Even humanity’s best attempt will never get that one right.

So, as far as I’m concerned, the best way to solve the world’s problems is to occupy Jesus Street.  If we spend more time with Him, maybe the changes He brings to our hearts and the ideas He brings to our heads will actually bring REAL change in a broken society.

Maybe Jesus really IS the ONLY answer.

Think about it this way: the reason our country is the way it is has MUCH to do with our commitment to Jesus and living out the values according to His Word.  Maybe the path to true societal change is not SIMPLY through politics, but through knowing Jesus more and teaching others to do the same.

For those of you who still want to be involved in the political realm (which is PERFECTLY acceptable for Christians), form opinions and spread your thoughts to others, let me give a few suggestions:

  1. Communicate with the grace, love and respect of Jesus, no matter who you’re talking to.
  2. Get the WHOLE STORY, from BOTH SIDES.  It is amazing to me how naïve many people (especially young people) are and will simply watch one video from one place and form their entire opinion based off of that.  Be intelligent…do some research.
  3. Remember that the 1% includes many people you like, including actors, musicians, authors, and others…not just Wall Street execs (and many of them do a whole lot of good).  Remember that every time you go to a movie, buy a song, or purchase a book, you are supporting them.  If you are against them, be consistent. If you are for them, enjoy!
  4. Don’t be surprised that when people break the law, they will get arrested.  Everyone has a right to voice their opinions.  Everyone also has a right to protest…this is the grand experiment that has made up the USA for hundreds of years.  But, we DON’T have the right to call it unjust when we have to suffer the consequences of illegal or dumb actions.

And, to finish this off: once again, trust Jesus.  He ALWAYS knows what to do.

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Posted by on December 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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2 responses to “Occupy Wall Street

  1. Joshua

    December 15, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Totally! Great thoughts. I think it’s always necessary to look at a story from all sides. One additional thought: There is a growing disparity in America- one that should NOT be overlooked. Nevertheless, if we look at the comparative wealth that the majority of Americans enjoy(public education, internet, cell phone, television) are we not also a miniture version of the 1% (those that are greedy)? Do we share our wealth (what we have) with the children in another nations who don’t know the taste of clean water? Do we use our wealth to liberate women whose bodies have been forcefully tied to prostitution? Do we use our money to help countries that are plagued with aid and other ailments? According to the WorldBank in 2006, more than 2.6 billion people live on less the $2 a day. Are we greedy too?

     
    • Jeff Tolle

      December 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

      Agreed

       

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