I thought it would soon end. It hasn’t. I thought the protest groups would get smaller. They haven’t. They’re growing. I honestly, don’t recall anything quite like the Occupy Wall Street movement in my lifetime.
This people-powered movement began on Sept. 17, 2011, in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s financial district, and has spread to more than 100 cities in the U.S. and over 1,500 cities worldwide. So far it has been a mostly nonviolent and resilient movement.
On their website the protesters insist people are “fighting back against the power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations.”
The movement was inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and aims to fight back against the richest 1 percent of the people who they say are writing the rules of “an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future.”
A transcript from one of their assemblies, released online, said in part, “They tell you we are dreamers. The true dreamers are those who think things can go on indefinitely the way they are. We are not dreamers. We are the awakening from a dream that is turning into a nightmare. We are not destroying anything. We are only witnessing how the system is destroying itself.”
Interestingly, God’s Word had already foretold a time when there would be a need for Divine intervention before humans completely ruined this planet.
Regarding this intervention by God, Revelation 11:18 states, “The nations were enraged, but your wrath came. The time came for the dead to be judged; The time came to reward your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” — Common English Bible.
The list of negative traits that would dominate most people during “the last days” has many people convinced that 2 Timothy 3:1-5 is undergoing a global fulfillment at this moment.
The fact that Jesus said at Luke 21:25, “The nations of the earth will be troubled and will not know what do do” — New Life Version, also suggest we have approached the time when a change of epic proportions is at hand. People are disappointed and angry at human rule in general. They want more.
The author of one of the Occupy websites wrote, “We believe that another world is possible, where nobody has to die of hunger while others throw food away.”
They say the basic message is, “We are allowed to think about alternatives. What type of new leaders do we want? Remember: The problem is not corruption or greed. The problem is the system. It forces you to be corrupt.”
If the system is corrupt, God’s Word reminds us that a better world is, indeed, possible. It is a world where no one has to die of hunger or violence or even from sickness and old age. Romans 8:19-22 states, “The whole creation waits breathless with anticipation for the revelation of God’s sons and daughters.
“Creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice — it was the choice of the one who subjected it — but in the hope that the creation itself will be set free from slavery to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of God’s children. We know that the whole creation is groaning together and suffering labor pains up until now.” — Common English Bible.
This groaning and suffering by all creation will end soon. Only Almighty God has the power to make the drastic changes so desperately needed today.
Christians who heed Jesus’ command in John 17:16 to be “no part of the world,” also follow the inspired counsel at Proverbs 24:21-22: “My child, fear the Lord and the king. Don’t associate with rebels, for disaster will hit them suddenly.” — New Living Translation.
The question for Christians is simple: What would Jesus do? Jesus also lived in troubled times. The Roman empire had God’s chosen people under their unjust authority. There was a political movement spearheaded by the so-called Zealots of the first century. This highly organized group sought to overthrow the government in Jesus’ day. Did he join them? Did he encourage their revolution?
The Prince of Peace said things like, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” — Matthew 5:9, and “Pay Caesar’s things to Caesar, but God’s things to God.” — Mark 12:17.
True Christians are poised to see many earthshaking events in the near future — not brought on by man’s will — but by God’s will. Is it right, then, to try to bring about changes in a world whose fate is already foretold? You decide. One thing is for sure: By letting God’s Word occupy our mind and heart, we can be sure our movements will always be pleasing to Him.
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