Jesse LaGreca , you are leading all of us down the primrose path of sinfulness, particularly the sin of covetousness. Don’t believe me? Just ask Dennis Babish, a blogger for Break Point, a blog dedicated to “changing lives, minds, and communities through Jesus Christ”.
The entire article can be found here.
Babish attempts to apply quotes from German Lutheran Pastor and Nazi-resistance leader Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as taken from Eric Metaxa’s biography of him, to the current Occupy protests. He uses this as the money quote:
The world will allow itself to be subdued only by success. It is not ideas or opinions which decide, but deeds. Success alone justifies wrongs done.
How does that relate to the Occupy protests?
Fast forward to today, and we see what happens when there is no “success.” For decades now “The American Dream” has been promoted as the latest form of success: a college education, high-paying job, big house, fancy cars, etc., all under the slogan “You can have it all.” For many of those decades it appeared that success was for anyone who wanted it, whether they applied themselves or not. Increased credit card debt, home ownership for those who couldn’t afford it, more and more government entitlement programs, promotion of self-worth and entitlement to the “good things in life,” all whitewashed the underlying destructive path America was on. In 2008 it all came tumbling down. The failures became apparent.
When failure hits, a scapegoat is needed. Surely it was because those rich people on Wall Street stole this dream and wanted it only for themselves. Now we have Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protestors demanding that the riches of the “haves” be taken and distributed to the “have-nots.”
Yes. He puts haves and have-nots in quotes. That’s a false notion, according to Babish. All of you on the streets, camping out, or speaking until you become hoarse, facing potential arrest and violence from police as well as sabotage from agent provaceteurs, you are the ones who will have to stand before God and give an accounting for your sin. None of the 1%’s wealth is ill-gotten. It’s the result of God’s providence, as well as them using the “talents” and “gifts” God gave them to exploit that into even more wealth. You who are not the 1%, including those who are struggling – that’s also the result of God’s will. There’s no such thing as obscenely wealthy.
Voltaire’s adage that “the comfort of the rich depends on an abundant supply of the poor”? Well, that’s proof that God has a plan. And the proof text, as Babish puts it, is Matthew 25, particularly the Parable of the Bags of Gold.
Which leads me to my final point. What the protestors are promoting is what the Bible would call covetousness. There really isn’t any such thing as “haves” and “have-nots.” We all are “haves.” If you read the parable of the talents, you will notice two things. First, each servant was given a different amount, not equally divided, and commanded to manage what they were given. God is not showing favorites. He gives us all different amounts of wealth, intelligence, creativity, and so forth, and commands us to manage what He has given us to His glory, not for our worldly success.
We also see that when the master returned and asked for an accounting from each, he didn’t take from the two that were successful and give to the one that was lazy. Rather, he condemned the lazy one for not doing anything. He then took away the talents the lazy one had and gave it to the two that had much, and said: “For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 25:29-30)
Occupiers, and all the rest of you who are not part of the 1%, know your place as given to you by the Good Lord. If you want to be right with God, agitate for an end to the progressive income tax and the social safety net. These things just entice people to break one of the Ten Commandments.