You’ve probably heard of the Occupy movement; Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Washington D.C., Occupy Kansas City, and Occupy… well you get the point. The occupy movement is a grassroots movement that states “the only thing we will promote openly is peaceful demonstrations.” Various assemblies state their grievances on Facebook pages and Tweets from Twitter, however the occupy movement tends to be largely unfocused. When there is focus, the focal point is on material, earthly goods. We must challenge political and cultural trends that seek to pull focus away from God and instead spotlight monetary grievances and material goods.
Matthew 6:24 states “… You cannot serve God and money.”
Too often we allow ourselves to get caught up in material goods and lose sight on our calling as disciples. When I was baptized I made a commitment to allow Jesus Christ to occupy my heart. I took an oath to serve God and become His servant. I made a promise to share the good news of the gospel to those that I encounter. I vowed to help bring about the cause of Zion.
Joshua 24:15 “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
We must examine our lives and make sure we are living in accordance to will of God and not serving another master. We must further open our hearts to be receptive to the spirit of God. If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ, invite the Lord to occupy your heart. Worldly possessions and money are all for not, for they are temporary and fleeting; God is everlasting.
I personally oppose the Occupy Movement; I believe they concentrate on material goods, money and superficial substances. However, there have no doubt been social injustices and bureaucratic wrong doings by the United States government. What injustices do you see? What can we, a Community serving Christ, do to help correct these wrong doings?