Friday, November 18, 2011

Occupation of the Word

The "occupy (insert location here)" fad seems to be waning. There is a key thing to take away from the whole episode. I rarely heard anyone discussing the study habits, lectures, or general development of the encamping protesters. I only heard about the chants, demands, and some outrageous behavior. Those demands mostly seemed focused on their interpretation of things and what would make them, the protestors, happy. In the end, the crux of their argument is self-centered. As Christians we are supposed to be outside of this world, to be an example to it. One way we can do this is by studying the Word and occupying our minds with it.

I know I don't normally link to current events, mostly as they are trivial and trite for a vast majority of them. This is just a good example of why Christians shouldn't take their cues from the world (occupy protests, marketing directors, entertainment gurus, metrics on growth, etc) but from the Word. The Living Word occupying our minds and hearts guides Christians to live not as the world lives. This gives no room for the devil, or the flesh, and moves us to better our understanding and service to others to give witness to the Light.

5 comments:

Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb said...

I do watch political news, perhaps too often. It does not generate faith but rather anger and fear. I will take you advise and be quick to allow the things of God to take presidence over my thoughts. Great post!

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yeti said...

I have to say I like the occupiers, at least the ones in my town. They seem to be asking the sort of questions to which Jesus had answers. Certainly the do not have everything figured out, but they are longing for better politics, and that longing will only be fulfilled when the come to the Kingdom of God. Let us invite occupiers everywhere to be apart of that Kingdom.

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