Occupy Wall Street Will Not Fill the God Shaped Void in Hearts

Thinking of theOccupymovement, 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 arent talking if you are nice to them, yet ask real questions.

“Why I got Arrested”

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


About jlue

I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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3 Responses to Occupy Wall Street Will Not Fill the God Shaped Void in Hearts

  1. Wess Bacon says:

    Hello Occupy Wall Street I am a big supporter of your cause BUT you are losing momentum. Wake up you started something wonderful but now you are dropping the ball!

    What’s the agenda? Demonstrating that’s it? It’s becoming clearer you don’t have an agenda! What you want to change traffic flow in major cities that’s your agenda?

    Here I will give you one? Recent articles show politicians holding office in Washington worth over a million dollars are estimated to be approximately 250 elected officials. Most were not worth that kind of money before they took office gee I wonder how they got so rich? Do you really think they care about the little guy? No wonder they don’t want taxes increased for the wealthy!!!!!

    Occupy Wall Street needs to start a movement and that is to target these multi millionaire politicians and get them removed from office that’s the AGENDA! They have been in office to long they have gotten so powerful they don’t need the American people any longer! What if they lose there jobs there fricken millionaire’s so what they have plenty of cash it won’t hurt them! The average person loses his or her job they are facing foreclosure on there home that a problem these power political machine officials never have to worry about they been earning millions through there office since arriving to serve the people! They certainly don’t have the average Americans best interests in mind that is for sure.

    To make a statement Occupy Wall Street needs to target these long term seasoned politicians for one reason and one reason only just to show we can defeat them to prove a point! Hey the system broken so what we lose a seasoned politic official the country in turmoil and they put us there remember! Lets send a strong message WE CAN make a difference or create change for ourselves and give the people the will to take back our country. Because the politicians have known something we do not or refuse to admit? They have broken the will of the American people decades ago that’s the reason for the poor voter turn out in this Country and why we can’t take back our country.

    Accomplish removing some of these power politicians and you will change the political landscape for ever proving to other Americans you can make a difference so now you can get re-involved in your country today!

    Also we need to have term limits in Washington so politicians can’t accumulate such wealth so lets start a referendum in every city across this country it not rocket science!

    You want to serve America go ahead but you can’t earn millions while holding office That’s SERVICE! Politician’s will never allow it this to take place! So the current system of politician’s need to be defeated so they can’t steal the perks in Washington in order to earn millions of dollars in office! Insider trading of wall street stocks is perfectly legal by politicians in Washington D.C. didn’t you catch 60 Minutes two Sunday’s ago? It’s not about service the people they want to earn the perks and retirement benefits that come with the job? Ever see the retirement benefits package for Washington politicans? Why don’t you post for the public to read?

    Get on it! You are wasting a perfect opportunity focus on this goal there is still time before the next election?

    You might want to consider this? Add the words NONE OF ABOVE to the ballet that way you can vote the current professional Politian’s out of office who doesn’t have the American agenda as there first priority then there out! Rushing sorry I’ve got to go
    Your Friend in the Fight,
    Joey AKA Wess


  2. Dave says:

    I think this is incredibly true. I think a good chunk of the protestors themselves have no real idea why they’re there. It’s sort of like a mob mentality. A lot of these people wouldn’t choose to get involved unless there were a hundred others doing the same thing thus leaving no individual responsibility to themselves in case something bad happens. It was the group, not me!

    This girl wanted to look through free books and learn yoga and listen to music. Sounds like she just wants to attend a state fair or something. Some people are very directionless.


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