Occupy the Future

Occupy the Future

Written by: Joy Efseaff | Published: Thursday, January 19, 2012

Injustice, inequality and corruption cause people to rise in protest, calling for reform. This is nothing new, but do you sometimes wonder if there is a better way?

Why is it that so many people have to work hard for a living while a select few reap most of the benefits of those efforts? Does it seem unjust to you that the wealthy can influence the political process we call “democracy” so that the government represents “big money” rather than “the people”? Do you feel that your choices and your future are becoming more and more limited because of forces outside your control?

You are not alone. The “Occupy” movement that has swept the world has been an angry outcry against economic disparity and political corruption. Thousands of people, young and old, now support “solidarity” in one way or another. But have you noticed that the Occupy movement has not solved anything yet? Do you wonder why it is that the Occupy Wall Street activists have turned to bickering about the internal distribution of funds? Do you wonder why, after months of protests, no real reform is in sight? 

Is there a better way?

Have you considered that the real problem is human nature—greed, envy and the lust for power? People with money seek to grow their wealth and expand their power, with whatever resources are available. It’s human nature. People with less money envy those who are better off, and try to get their “fair share” of what actually belongs to others. This, too, is human nature. And the conflict has been endless!

Have you considered that the real problem is human nature—greed, envy and the lust for power?

Centuries ago, the apostle James wrote: Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. (James 4, 1-2)

This is a good description of the human condition—greedy, envious, self-centered, and always focused on earthly possessions and status.

Start with yourself

If you really want to occupy the future, you must start within yourself. Take an honest look at your own tendencies and faults. To end corruption, you must first deal with the selfishness you carry around inside. If you take up this challenge, you will face much tougher battles than any protest march or “occupation”. You will need help from Jesus, who was the first one to fight this battle all the way to the end. And He is mighty to help you!

To end corruption, you must first deal with the selfishness you carry around inside.

The Apostle Paul wrote, Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4) This is the exact opposite of taking advantage of your neighbor. It is something that comes from the heart; it can’t be mandated by activism or legislation.

But the good news is that this is becoming reality, for more and more people around the world. Some of them are featured on this website. Most, however, live quiet, unheralded lives—in Kenya, in Canada, in the United States and in many other countries. Only God sees the battles they fight against inner pride and selfishness; but one day when Jesus returns to rule the earth these will be the people who reign with Him. And they will see to it that injustice and unrighteousness are banished from the earth! These people will have an amazing future!

Now is your chance; don’t you want to be along?

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