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C.S. Lewis and Occupy Wall Street

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I haven’t had much time to follow the in’s and out’s of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, but even watching it on a cursory level, it’s clear that what’s driving the people involved in it is a keen sense of entitlement, that what’s really wrong in this country is not MY sin and iniquity, but the sin’s of the so-called “1 percent” that apparently has all the money and power. Yes, it’s THEIR greed, their indifference, their selfishness that is really the problem. C.S. Lewis said something quite relevant to this notion.

A sense of sin is almost totally lacking…We (as Christians) address people who have been trained to believe that whatever goes wrong in the world is someone else’s fault – the Capitalists’, the Government’s, the Nazis’, the Generals’, etc. They approach God Himself as His judges. They want to know, not whether they can be acquitted for sin, but whether He can be acquitted for creating such a world…I cannot offer you a watertight technique for awakening the sense of sin. I can only say that, in my experience, if one begins from the sin that has been one’s own chief problem during the last week, one is very often surprised at the way this shaft goes home…Our continual effort must be to get their mind away from public affairs and ‘crime,’ and bring them down to brass tacks – to the whole network of spite, greed, envy, unfairness and conceit in the lives of ‘ordinary decent people’ like themselves (and ourselves). [God in the Dock, “Christian Apologetics”]

As G.K. Chesterton once quipped, the problem with the world is me.



Written by Michael Duenes

December 17, 2011 at 6:32 am

Posted in Duenes, Reflections

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  1. When somebody says, “Well, if God REALLY EXISTED he would put a stop to such-and-such!”, one of the first responses should be: if you want God to smite every evil person in his tracks, you’re asking him to smite you as well.

    Samson J.

    December 17, 2011 at 11:08 am

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