The Occupy Wall Street movement gets a second life today. But what's it all about?
[Darris McNeely] If you’ve been confused about the Occupy Wall Street Movement, so have I and so have a lot of other people. It reminds of being snake bit–seeing all of these protests across the United States and other world capitals against the world economic financial condition.
[Steve Myers] Well, it certainly reminds you of how do we fix our problems? You know, people come up with all kinds of solutions and the latest one is protesting and violence in many cases. So, is that what solves our problems? Is that really where it’s at?
[Darris McNeely] Well, you know, Steve, they drove them out of Zuccotti Park in New York earlier this week and today they’re threatening to come back in by the tens of thousands and maybe getting a second life it seems with this protest movement. And, again, are they…There’s even confusion about the goals that they have and what they actually want to do…some want to bring down the whole economic system, whole system of capitalism.
[Steve Myers] It’s interesting, some of the goals, are they good? Some of the things I’ve heard, yeah. Is man’s system working in some ways? Yeah.
[Darris McNeely] There are problems.
[Steve Myers] But in other ways there are problems.
[Darris McNeely] And we know now this has come three years after the near collapse of Wall Street and the entire American and world financial system that has been tried to be put back on track, yet there has been recessions that have kept it from really operating and coming back with all engines operating. And we’re still in the middle of a mess and that seems to be fueling this. This seems to be a symptom of larger problems.
[Steve Myers] Boy, is it ever. Absolutely.
[Darris McNeely] It reminds me of the story you told in a Beyond Today program recently that we did of the canary in the coal mine that starts to sing when the gases get a little bit too high. This is a symptom of something bigger. That, um, just won’t go away.
[Steve Myers] And where do you look? Are we looking to Wall Street to solve our problems or do you take down Wall Street so we can solve our problems. Or is there a different place that we need to look?
[Darris McNeely] Well, the problem is in leadership. The problem is in some workable solutions. It reminds me of a scripture in the book of Amos, where the prophet Amos talks about conditions at the time of the end. People are told there that they will flee from a lion, and run into a bear. They will run into a house and put their hand against a wall and get bit by a snake (Amos 5:18-20). Everywhere they turn, they don’t find solutions, they find bigger problems.
[Steve Myers] That’s right
[Darris McNeely] And I think that’s where we are right now.
[Steve Myers] Are we solving our own problems? I think that scripture points it out. As long as we keep looking to ourselves we’re going to be snake bit. We’re going to run into a bear. We’re going to run into a lion. So are we looking to God for the solution? Proverbs says that we look to God. He knows how to direct our steps (Proverbs 3:5-8).
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