Nathan Sass

OWS and the Golden Calf

In 2012 Elections, Crazy Liberals, Theology on November 1, 2011 at 1:09 PM

When I was a kid learning the story of Moses and the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, one part of the story was particularly remarkable to me.

A short 45 days after their miraculous liberation from bondage, witnessing the Lord delivering plagues on their overlords, and God parting the waters to allow them to escape, the Israelites seemed to forget everything that just happened.  At the foot of Mt. Sinai the people decided that it was a golden calf that had actually liberated them from Egypt, not the Lord.

In less than 2 months, they had turned their back on their deliverer.  The ingratitude, and more importantly the astounding arrogance seemed to me to be impossible.  People could not be that stupid, could they?

Along came OWS, and I realized that not only could people be that stupid, arrogant and ungrateful, but that it happens more often than you would expect.

All one needs to do is look at a photo, any photo at all, of the OWS mob to witness their equal measure of arrogance and ingratitude.

How many of the people in these camps of whiners and ingrates are aware of how truly blessed they are?  It is clear they do not appreciate what they have been blessed with, but focus only on what they want.

For example, the poverty level for a family of 4 in the US is $22,350, according to the US Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS). (Source)

That poverty level, $22,350, is more than the per capita GDP of 166 of 215 countries in the world.  78% of the planet, or more, live on less than those in the US at the poverty line.  Worse yet, most live on less than HALF of that $22k per year (144 of 215 nations).  These are not even small backwaters.  The list of 144 includes Russia, Poland, Mexico, Brazil, and Chile among others you have heard of.  (Source: UN June 2011 Indicators on income and economic activity).

Those in poverty in the US have more money (and stuff) than typical people in most of the rest of the world

While stats like the ones above are not “sexy” and easy to dismiss or ignore, personal observation is not.  We live in a really wealthy nation by any standard you wish to apply.  Even people living in poverty in the US are materially blessed beyond measure.

According to various US Government reports, most people at or below the poverty line likely have:

  • air conditioning
  • more living space in their home than AVERAGE residents of most major world cities
  • one or more color TV’s with cable or satellite service
  • a home stereo system
  • an automobile
  • a DVD player
  • a cellphone.

Almost none are in imminent danger of starvation or malnourished.  Almost all have indoor plumbing, multiple sets of clothing and footwear, and almost half actually own their own home.

So here we have a movement that complains that the rich are the problem.  They seek vengeance against the 1%.

Has even one of them stopped to think that almost the entire rest of the planet looks at THEM as part of the 1%?

These glittering jewels of colossal ignorance have the chutzpah to think they are somehow abused, neglected, and deprived?

They will tell you their tales of poverty and abuse with a post on Facebook or YouTube from their Apple iPad or MacBook Pro over their wireless internet card from Verizon while dressed in North Face winter gear, Lands End boots, Ray-Ban sunglasses, and name brand underwear (for females probably Pink by Victoria’s Secret, and Hanes for the men).

While they post about their struggles, they are sipping a half caf double mocha latte from Starbucks.  They are also probably wearing some gold jewelry worth more than most of people of the world earn in a year, many encrusted with precious gems.  Most have stomachs full from their 3rd or 4th meal of the day, and they may even be technically obese.  Oh, and they just got their hair styled and colored last week.

Those poor souls.  I think I better understand their plight now.  The people of Bangladesh must look upon these OWS masses and weep over their sad living conditions.  Well, that is if the people of Bangladesh had electricity, a TV and satellite service.

And they wonder why people like me look at them and see nothing but spoiled brats throwing a tantrum?

Time for OWS to build their golden calf.  Like the Children of Israel thousands of years before them, OWS has forgotten or ignored every blessing bestowed on them and are now making colossal fools of themselves.

Wait…what’s that you say?  Oh no.  They already did build a golden calf.    They worshiped before it, too.

“We put it [the golden calf] on our altar, and then carried it down to Wall Street on Sunday to feature it in our multifaith worship service.”

“When the original calf arrived in our empty sanctuary on Saturday night, about a dozen of us gathered to greet it.  The artist was there as well to humbly tell us how he built it.  We were moved to pray, which I have to admit is not something we do that often on Saturday nights.”

Donna Schaper,  Senior Minister, Judson Memorial Church (Emphasis added, irony not.  A senior minister that hardly prays unless it is Sunday?  Perfect.)

The rest of us probably should get ready to wander the desert for 40 years until our ranks are purged of these ungrateful tantrum throwing overgrown children.  That was what happened the last time around.

America, get your hiking boots and sunscreen ready.  It’s gonna be a looooong walk.

The LORD’s anger burned against Israel and he made them wander in the desert forty years, until the whole generation of those who had done evil in his sight was gone.  – Numbers 32:13

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  1. Well said, Nathan. For those of us who work and pay taxes, these people are just disgusting. I consider myself blessed to have kept a job and not lost too much of my income over the past 5 years as the natural result of socialism has begun to take its course in America. I live better than the rulers of most countries. This prosperity is courtesy of the very capitalists that, in spite of a foolish president, still provide the best jobs in the world. America has been incredibly blessed by God, and these ingrates deserve to be burned up by a fire from heaven… but they won’t be. God is merciful, even to fools… for a time and a season. If it were in my power, I’d arrest them all and deport them to someplace warm, like Chad, to eek out a living under the current government of that enlightened nation. I wonder how long their protest would be tolerated in N’djamena (the capital city of Chad)?

    • Nate,

      A friend of my wifes parents who has never had a “job” since he graduated from college with some liberal degree has been doing usefull things like buillding straw homes in the Southwest somewhere, has now decided to even walk away from what little income that gave him to join the enlightened ones at Occupy Wall Street. I suppose when you have contributed nothing to anything but some foolish dream of building straw houses for the nation, walking away from that seems rather easy. His dad refuses to talk about the issue and just wants to run away from the liberal educational failure he and his wife spent thousands on. Maybe he needs to volunteeer at a soup kitchen, drive some elderly people to the doctor, help at a place for abused and addicted woman and their children, but that requires some heavy lifting and starring at the problem face to face, versus building straw homes in the nice warm desert of the Southwest. I feel like the Occupiers are the 1% and everybody I move with in my daily life are the TRUE 99%.

  2. As a Christian minister disgusted with mainstream teachings and attempting to bring Christianity back to its roots, i could not have said this better. Mind if i re-post this?

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