Again, with Occupy Wall Street (99% Movement) on my mind, I thought I would harken back to a week ago when the most notable Scripture in the New Testament containing the busiest of buzz words–OCCUPY–caught my eye.
Luke 19:13 was the culprit: “And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, ‘Occupy till I come.'”
Did you see that? I’m sure most of you see where I am going already. Don’t you find it quite delectably uncanny that this verse, speaking of Occupying, has to do with what you (or I) do with what we are given, in particular, dealing with money. Keeping His true form of parable, Our Lord was talking about His Kingdom and what He has given us: ie. gifts, the Word, teaching, discipleship, blessing, family, what-have-you. Money and belongings can and should be included here as being viewed as truly His. I know the 99% doesn’t have as much as the 1%, but, especially in this country (financially) and in this Church (spiritually), we still have an awful lot.
We are but humble stewards, right? You know, somebody who watches somebody else’s stuff. Right? We the people/we the Christians.
Uh, Josh…we don’t have to know what you are talking about–this is America. This is a free country. Don’t touch my stuff. And please don’t act like God would want to touch my stuff. That’s just scary man!
You know, I probably should just respond to the Occupy thing like everyone else, “Those stinking hippies need to go get a job!” “Entitlement mentality is bogus!” “You kids are so ungrateful!” And maybe they are; some are for sure. But so are some of the baptized-Republican Churchinators who are yelling at them.
Don’t you just love it when we Christians blow our chance to minister to a hurting generation by positioning ourselves as superior and then falling off the other side in prideful, I’ve-got-it-all-figured-out blindness. This isn’t the blind leading the blind; this is the blind yelling at the other blind…guy. Hey, I don’t know what I’m doing…but you don’t know what you are doing WORSE than me. Ha ha, I’m smarter….
We the Bible-Believing, Followers of the Christ need to take serious inventory here. How can we position ourselves on the right or in the right or just right period, if we too (from a Kingdom perspective) have squandered our Father’s wealth and whined for Him to give us more for ourselves so we can be happy…and if He didn’t answer immediately with manna or moola, we stood outside heaven with a cranky cardboard sign of vivid disapproval of our GOD! Is anyone seeing how ridiculous this is! I’m talking about being in a good place to minister to people who are, indeed, messed up politically, ideologically, and spiritually. We’ve got to turn from the ever-confrontational us vs. them. Christ’s love is not in that at all. They are not trying to hurt people; they are actually searching for truth, which is honestly better than their less engaged counterpart college buddies back at the dorm recovering, or not recovering, from hangovers, simultaneously trying not to flunk all the classes they didn’t go to so they just barely slide by and make dad and mom happy. And those kids might just go to church when they visit home.
So, what’s worse: the beer-bellied, non-contributing zero college kid or the one yelling at us through our conservative TVs, holding offensive Sharpie signs and using the wrong finger to point at the camera? Problem is, is that first one is a “Christian.” Yeah, I said it. In my experience with ministry, it is easier to reach the heart of the jaded and disgruntled as opposed to the kid who is comfortable with a little bit of this and a little bit of that; a job, money, a little Jesus, and a little do whatever I want.
No, I am not for Socialism. Yes, some of these ideas are dangerous. But I truly believe this is a generation, now hundreds of cities and colleges strong with protestors in the thousands…that needs our attention because they are CRYING OUT FOR JESUS. They just don’t know it yet. We the Grateful must meet the demand and give them the gold refined in the fire, the pure godly stuff that has been tested and found to be worth something when He comes.
To those who have been given much, much is required. These rich college kids, these stinking’ Liberal punks, these unruly ingrates; they have NOTHING eternally. And we have the MUCH to give. Oh how I don’t want to be guilty of being the brother that stood in angry, prideful protest when My Father let’s that dirty prodigal brother of mine back into the family, giving him new threads and a feast to boot.
I feel like so many of us are better at being conservatives, when we should be radical in our love and service to anyone who needs it.
I feel like so many of us define ourselves by Fox News more than the Bible.
And it pains me to see us preach the Bible more than we preach the Gospel.
Oh let us rightly divide; oh let us LOVE instead of clanging and resounding. (Lord, I plead this personally, for I am guilty)
“For I say unto you, that unto every one which has shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.”–Luke 19:27
LET US NOT SQUANDER OUR SPIRITUAL WEALTH