Sunday, November 10, 2013

Millennial Makes Video on Entitlement Culture

Caleb Bonham, who is affiliated with Campus Reform, has made a short but powerful video in which he notes that the assumption that we are - by virtue of living here, entitled or otherwise have rights to day care, housing, etc.
The best example of this attitude that I can recall is an interview that Sean Hannity had with one of the representatives of Occupy Wall St. when the movement was at its height. The young man was using his college loan monies to pay for camping at the then-ongoing protest (yes, he actually had very little or no college credits to his name at the time). Yet he still, in a arrogant manner that shocked even me, casually stated that the suggestions that Hannity offered, such as waiting/bussing tables in restaurants were jobs that were "beneath me". That is was the Left has done to our youth in schools - deliberately convinced them that they are too good to work hard for a living, By this simple, act, the population will be unable to do anything other than what they are told by the elite.

I like to note that Mr Bonham begins his video with a quote from John Wesley (a pious man with a mission and vision from which modern Methodists would do well to return) - “What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.”. Later in the video (which is very short - readers here know that I prefer reading over watching people speak), he extends Wesley's maxim to noted that what the next generation embraces will be demanded by the one that follows.

By coincidence, the Bible verse that Mr. Bonham  employs to make a point, 2 Thessalonians 3:10,
"For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: If any one will not work, let him not eat."*, is actually part of the same Epistle reading that US Catholics will see at mass next week. 

*For the record, we should note that St. Paul is referring to people who are able to do some kind of work but prefer to have others do it for them.

Here I betray my bad habit of reading ahead scheduled readings - sometimes weeks in advance, while attending Sunday mass. I guess that this naturally follows my strong preference for reading text of speeches rather than waiting for the speaker to make his point. If it mitigates my guilt in any way, the only time that I do this is when the priest is performing a homily (sermon) that is doing very little to actually expound upon the messages of the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel messages from that day  - which is an all-to-common practice in Catholic churches of our era. I long for my childhood days when Monsignor Hayes would go into such detail about the Gospel (and preceding readings) that his homilies have stuck with me until this day. 

For the non-Catholic reader, I should note that unlike, for pastors/ministers in Evangelical Christian and most Mainline Protestant churches, Catholic priests are not at liberty to choose scripture readings. Excepting Holy Days of obligation and seasons such as Advent and Lent (all of which have their own scheduled readings) the readings for Sundays in "Ordinary time" are on a three- year schedule in the Lectionary. During this period, a tremendous amount of the Bible is covered. Simply by regularly attending mass, a Catholic will learn a far wider range of readings during that period than will a non-Catholic Christian who attends a similar amount of church services in his denomination (or non-denominational) church.

Please watch the video - his points are clear and we never know when a video will achieve "viral" status.

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