Occupy Portland Worships Golden Calf on May Day

Sometimes I wrestle with even expending the mental energy to commit words to behavior like this.

You can call it art, freedom of expression or even a cool dance routine, but it’s nothing more than an act of defiance against a God who exists.

It’s just this sort of behavior that reminds me of the EU Parliament in Strasbourg, France, which was built in the likeness of Nimrod’s Tower of Babel from a 1563 painting by Pieter Brueghel.

The original 1992 poster.

1992 EU Parliament Poster

The painting.

Tower of Babel - Pieter Brueghel 1536

The building.

EU Parliament in Strasbourg France

It’s ironic how even the actions of unbelievers prove God’s Word to be true.

h/t The Blaze

5 responses to “Occupy Portland Worships Golden Calf on May Day”

  1. This parody on May Day is a DIRECT critique of America’s obsession with profit over people, greed, materialism, consumption and the capitalist state. Greed is the golden calf, the golden bull of wall street, and it is this GREED that is the defiance of GOD. We are mocking you, not God, but the hypocrites of this nation who hold a bible in one hand and deprive humankind in the other. Truth is awakening.

    • thanks for taking the time to define the video. i do, however, still think it’s foolish behavior.

      you do realize that greed is an internal problem, right? that nothing or no one makes someone act greedily but the person who chooses to act that way, and that there’s no external fix that’s going to stop people from acting greedily no matter what system of government we have. in fact, it’s only going to get worse faster as our freedoms are taken from us.

      greed doesn’t make one a “capitalist”, as you say. it just makes one greedy. it’s the same as those who would abuse Christianity for the sake of power and money. you won’t find that taught in the Bible anywhere. just like it’s not the gun but the person who uses the gun for less than moral reasons. it’s already in their heart to abuse and do harm.

      the common factor is the PERSON, not any government system, Christianity or inanimate object.

      this human greed and the condition of the human heart only serves to prove the truth of God’s Word in that we are all sinners… ALL hypocrites, you and I… the people in the video… everyone… and that we really do need Jesus in order to be fixed from this dire, terminal spiritual condition. that’s why He came as Savior to die for all the rest of us so that all who ask will be freed from it and live.

      It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. [Galatians 5:1]

    • haha! no kidding. nightmare all around. i was squirming a bit trying to watch the whole video. takin’ one for the team in order to get it out to my readers… lol!

  2. In May, 2013, you said you sometimes wondered why you’d waste mental energy penning words about the ritualistic dance about the golden calf — a brazen, idolatrous display in Portland, Oregon. I stumbled across your article again today (while searching for a great one you wrote about the New Western Age and Islam as competing ideologies for world domination). I was surprised to see Portland come up, because I’d just seen a news title about a man being shot on a bridge in Portland, Oregon last night, during the anarchy and destructive riots occurring in that city. I had even recalled, to a couple friends, how that many years ago the word “Portland” had been impressed in my spirit to such an extent that I had inquired of a visiting speaker at our congregation, whether he knew anything about Portland having significance. I hasten to add, this is no prophetic word fulfillment, and then, I didn’t even know whether it was Maine or Oregon attached to the word “Portland!”

    But today’s been a curious focus on Portland in my thoughts.

    I just can’t help but see the irony of these two Portland event news articles juxtaposed! That golden calf stuff was an in-God’s-face mockery of His rulership. Worship of the golden calf was what nearly brought Israel to extinction at Sinai. Israel’s place in the history of redemption and final governance of the world were yet future. But God will have His government from “the city of the Great King.” Our Messiah Redeemer will govern the nations as KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

    America’s 2016 election results blind-sided — not just its citizenry, its media, its elites, its talking heads. It stunned the world. Portland anarchy, and all the other destructive, hate-filled protestations will not undo God sovereign plans for our nation, and for ALL the nations. He puts up, He takes down, according to His all-wise plans. Gotta agree with Old Nebuchadnezzar: when his reason returned to him, he proclaimed to the world: The Most High rules in the affairs of men, and gives the kingdom to whomsoever He wills. KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS: “Even so, come, LORD Jesus.”

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