Occupy this…

As we look at the discontent exposed in the Occupy Wall Street groups we are faced with more than a political question. It is far too easy to look through a political lens and mentally knock down the protesters but in doing that we disregard the root of the discontent and hope that such an event would incite change.

Brett McCracken has a good take on the events and pushes us to look more closely at the feelings of entitlement that are prevalent. “Mostly, though, Occupy Wall Street represents the natural discontent of an entitled generation raised on the notion that we deserve things, that the government owes us something, that everything we want should be accessible, and that somehow we are not responsible if we don’t end up quite as successful in life as we’d hoped. It’s a blame-shifting problem. It’s an inability to delay gratification or go without that which we believe is our right or destiny. And it’s a problem both on the micro/individual and macro/government level.”

It is a generational issue but one our culture and the absolute corruption of sin has produced. The mentality of entitlement has its genesis in the garden and since that first bitter taste we have been wrestling with it and pushing against it. Our answer? Christ and only him. I don’t deserve salvation and I could never earn it. That is the tension.

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  1. While I agree wholeheartedly that entitlement is a pervasive problem in America, I think it’s unfair to categorize the ‘Occupy’ movements only in this way. It is exactly this sense of entitlement AND the imbalance of power & greed (the unfortunate downfalls of capitalism) that has led to the state of affairs we have today. While I don’t think people should complain & protest about every little hardship or inconvenience that exists, we can’t ignore the fact that over the years as life became more & more industrialized, a large group of people have been taken advantage of and every generation that came after them are suffering for it. It’s gotten to a point where too many are being affected and the imbalance cannot be ignored any longer. All of this reminds a bit if what happened to Marie Antoinette. No change can happen without a revolution.

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