Thinking of the ‘Occupy‘ movement, a distressing thing about the movement is the fact that all the people involved have one thing in common. There is a need in their lives. They have a desire for something bigger than themselves and something worthwhile. Something that will make facing each day worth it and they obviously do not know where to find that.
They all seem to have a common need, but no common cause.
There is Someone who gives purpose in life. I fear that we in America are failing to introduce those outside the church to the person who gives purpose in life. So many of our youth have grown up with an emptiness that they do not know how to fill. As Blaise Pascal wrote:
What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace?
This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help,since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.
Others have said that we have a God shaped vacuum in our hearts that only God can fill.
Recently I have attempted to carry on a conservation with some of the folks who blog who also are into the Occupy Wall Street movement. They really aren‘t talking if you are nice to them, yet ask real questions.
Here is what a girl named Cami enjoyed about the movement:
I could start a conversation with almost anyone, exchange ideas, hear peoples’ life stories or tell my own, be fed, pick through free books, meditate, learn yoga, listen to people sing and play instruments, and watch children play.
From checking various blogs and news stories I have concluded that Occupiers are as varied as America.
Each person has his or her own reasons for camping out in the various parks, streets and bridges around our nation. There is no common cause, but there is a common need.
Cami felt a need to do something, to have a cause or be a part of something bigger than herself.
Perhaps many are simply looking for a way to be a part of something. For some it is a social gathering. The New York Times wrote that the movement is lacking a list of demands or recognized leaders, and has at times perplexed the nation’s media outlets. I have been perplexed as well. It took Cami’s blog for me to begin to realize that there are people there who are very sincere. They sincerely want a cause and/or they sincerely wish they had a way to effect change the way Dr. King did in the 60s. They just are not sure what kind of change or how it should be accomplished. They wish to compare themselves to the Civil Rights Movement, although the movements are really not similar.
Occupy Wall Street shows us a segment of our society who are seeking and who are in need. This is a time when the church needs to step forward and show the love of God in Christ Jesus. He alone can give life meaning and purpose.
There are so many who are empty and yet God wants to fill our lives and our hearts with purpose:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope….And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11,13
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; Colossians 1:9
- Aaron Klein exposes #OccupyWallStreet’s White House ties with new website. (yourdaddy.net)
- Occupy Wall Street has money to burn (money.cnn.com)
- Timothy Karr: Mayor Bloomberg’s First Amendment Problem (huffingtonpost.com)
- #OccupyWallStreet puts the coverage in the spotlight (nextlevelofnews.com)