Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. – Paul to the Philippians (4).
The theological underpinning of the Christian life as exemplified by Paul is a theology of contentment. Discontent? For Christians? In their personal lives? It flies in the face of the very essence of the transformative power of the Gospel. ‘Be anxious for nothing…’ declared Jesus. So why are the occupiers so discontented? Why so anxious about ‘filthy mammon’?
If you have food in your kitchen and clothes on your back and a roof over your head, why do you require more? Why not be grateful for what YOU have and share, from your abundance, with those who truly have nothing? That’s what the Gospel teaches us to do.
Hence, the quest for superabundance is anti-Gospel; it is contrary to the purpose for which we are blessed which is to share out of our overflow with those who live in authentic need.
Instead of expecting Wall Street to share with them, why don’t the occupiers take from their own abundance and distribute it to the authentically poor (which you, you have to confess, aren’t).
God isn’t going to hold YOU responsible for what Wall Street does, he’s going to hold you responsible for what YOU do. So stop expecting others to do your appointed task and do it yourself.