“Thy Shalt Not Covet” (My Thoughts on the Covetness of those in the “Occupy” Movement)

Posted: November 9, 2011 in Articles, Constitution, Founding Fathers, Freedom, government, Liberty, Politics, Religion
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Exodus 20:17 “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour’s.”

1 Corinthians 9:10 “Surely he says this for us, doesn’t he? Yes, this was written for us, because when farmers plow and thresh, they should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest.”

This idea of those that submit to the notion that there has to be an attitude of have or have not in this country is something to admire is a state of mind that is not only contrary to this great nation’s founding but also against all that is held to be true in the Holy scriptures.

 In the vast melting pot known as the United States of America many people that consider themselves poor would be considered wealthy in almost 90% of the countries around the world. In  our country, many of our “poor” have televisions, cell phones, computers etc., while the truly poor around the world die from true hunger and disease.

If you are hungry in this country you can find food if you go to a church or a shelter or a charitable organization while in other countries where the poor are truly poor they die of hunger. 

In this country how many people have you heard of in the news lately that have died outright of hunger?  Think about that.  In other countries people die everyday of hunger but in this country we have “poor” people that are overweight, how is that possible? 

No my friends, what we have here in this country is a spirit of covetness and while those that are greedy will be dealt with in the day of judgment it does not as Christians give us the right to covet or support those that covet the possessions of others.

Daily I speak to kids who don’t want to pay attention in school, do drugs, chase “good times” while others are putting their nose to the grindstone and doing everthing possible to create a better life for themselves and prepare for their future.

Some students spend hours upon hours studying making the best grades possible, while some make decent grades and socialize having “fun” and wonder why a couple of years down the road why they don’t have what the “nerd” has and the answer is often that they were not willing to sacrifice some of their “good times” for an investment in their future.

Why should a person who does the work in school, makes good grades to get a good job, puts in long, hard hours have to support those who don’t pay attention in school or make bad decisions in their life?

I see so many people that have the mentality of the “occupy” movement and I put the question to them; What have you done to make yourself a success?

If the CEO of a corporation that came from a housing project can make it so can everyone else in said housing project for they have the same opportunity to do so its just that some people are willing to work harder and sacrifice more of their time and money to achieve success than others.

I routinely speak to inner city folk (just as I was when I grew up) that I work with that blame the “white man” for not hiring them when they themselves chose to goof off in school trying to be cool or cannot pass a urinalysis because of drug use. 

Also, many people manage their finances like our government does by spending way more than they take in and then blame the “white man” or the evil banks when the bills come do.  Sir, ma’am, no one told you to go and get that loan that you could not afford, no one told you to get that credit card or line of credit that you did not need. 

The Bible teaches us to be content whether we are prosperous or abased yet many in our country sit back and look at what someone else has and lusts after it to the point that jealousy becomes a lifestyle for them.

Many of the people in the “occupy” movement want to have a good job but want to do drugs, work the hours that they want to work, be on vacation numerous times a year,  and sit in the CEO seat without moving up the ladder as many of the people that work in these companies do.

I’m sure that most of you don’t raise your children to be envious of people and I am sure that most of you teach them to work hard, make good grades, exhibit good behavior and often chastise or discipline them when they do not.

Many people are sitting around waiting for the government to do for them what they should be doing for themselves. There are alot of people out of work that cannot get a job but for as many of them that sit around waiting for someone to bring them a check while complaining ritualistic about the ills of society there are also people that are in the same situation that will go around finding odd jobs to do or work two or three jobs for less until they can find a better job, or are willing to move somewhere else where jobs are more plentiful.

I agree that there are some issues that the occupy movement that are valid but MOST companies are not corrupt and when you compare the corporate world’s corruption against the corruption that is in own federal government as the government far outpaces the corporate world in seedy corruption (both sides, republican and democrat alike) and is often in bed with the very corporations who are doing corrupt things and are able to do so by paying politicians to pass laws that enable them to be corrupt.

Also, as a Christian I can easily identify that most of what is going on in the occupy movement is the covetness that I spoke of before.  To covet someone else’s wealth, spouse, property etc.,  is a clearly defined sin in the Bible and we as Christians need to ensure that we don’t conform to the worlds’ view that it is okay to covet under the guise of “fairness and/or justice”. 

We must recognize that the devil has heavily influenced the media to spread the belief that this covetness is “the American way” or is justified when clearly we as Christians we know from the Ten Commandments and other scriptures in the Word of God and by the leading of His Holy Spirit that it is not.   Even those that are not Christians inherently know that to be jealous or to covet something that someone else has only leads to problems and an eventual breakdown of the society as a whole.

The truth is that many of the occupiers are hypocritical as they own and continue to buy many products from the companies that they are protesting against and even our President who ritually vilifies Wall Street on one hand but readily accepts cash from their greedy, grubby hands in the other one (often in veiled secrecy) and continually meets with them behind the “not so” transparent doors that he promised to unlock and make open to “we the people”  before he took office yet I see no one standing before and threatening to occupy the White House as  he and many of the other corrupt politicians (again on both sides0 continues to benefit from their duplicitous and lascivious behavior.

Further, many companies far outpace individual citizens in giving to charitable causes. Corporate donation make up more than two-thirds of the total donations that charities receive every year, for example;  the “evil”, big corporations to include the “evil” drug companies donate drugs, provide free medical treatment, provide both college/private high school scholarships to students, provide money for affordable housing, funds for schools that are having financial difficulty etc., Evil “Big oil” routinely provides funds for many of the same things but also include money for free or reduced fuel for needy families, money for inner city and rural youth programs as well as a number of other programs that you rarely hear about because they don’t seek to gain fame for them yet even if the media took the time to find out about these programs they don’t want to report them because many of them have the same mindset of many of the occupiers.

How would you as and individual person feel if someone who has less than you formed a group of people and showed up at your doorstep and wanted to take what you have worked so hard for under the guise of fairness for the person than has less than you have?

Would you do as many in the occupy are asking the companies that they are protesting to do and give up what you have?  Of course not, you may not consider yourself rich but if you’re reading this you probably have a computer and a home whether owned or rented  so there is someone out there that considers you rich and if you allow these people to take from the so-called “rich” then what happens when they decide that YOU make too much money or live in to big of a house as I guarantee you that there are already people who think so.

Have a blessed day!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

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