The Issue of Divine Rescue

Addendum to previous post – Now Is Your Time

Last night Apostle (Papa) Wayne C. Anderson preached a great message on the rescue of God.  It is a very timely word – that we must not lose hope in the midst of the battles ahead and we need to be looking for His rescue.  This is the balancing message to my previous rantings, and it got me thinking that I should clarify my personal position on this critical issue of God’s rescue.

Lest anyone think that in my “no help is coming” premise, I’m somehow limiting God’s power or desire to intervene in our lives supernaturally,  I’m not.  Scripture is filled with instances where God intervenes in human history on behalf of His people when they are in trouble.  How could a loving God do anything less?  And we certainly require His intervention to fix the mess that we’re currently in.

Yet, we must also remember that most, if not every time God intervened in human history, He required some kind of faith-based action on the part of His people.  We must also realize that since the arrival of the Kingdom on earth, the government of God has shifted to His ecclesia (Church).  Prior to that, the people had no options but to cry out to God for rescue.  Today, God is incarnate and actively working through those who engage the Kingdom and make it a priority in their everyday lives.

Sadly, we’ve not done well at this as His governing Body on earth, and I believe this is the season for that to change.  God WILL intervene on our behalf, but he will not reward the irresponsibility and poor stewardship that got us into the mess we’re in.  I think we’ve spent all together too much time waiting for God to do something for us, while He is waiting for us to do what He commanded us to do the last time He was here.

Our only hope lies in the Kingdom of God coming to this earth in it’s fullness.  We can’t do it without God, and He won’t do it without us.  At least that is my understanding of the nature of the Kingdom.

“May Your Kingdom come, and Your will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven.”

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Published in: on December 14, 2008 at 3:03 pm  Comments (2)  

Lionheart Simplified Personality Profiler

I’ve recently reverted my attention back to personalty / strengths / aptitude tests. While there are some good ones out there, most of them are far too complex and time consuming for the average person.  I think the entire process can be greatly simplified.  To this end, I’ve developed the Lionheart Simplified Personality Profiler (LSPP).  For a limited time, I’m offering this to you at no charge, and you can take it right now.

If you’re ready, let’s get started. Read the question and choose the best answer. You can only choose one answer.  Don’t look at the scoring section until you’ve decided your answer, or you may be tempted to change your answer and thus invalidate the results of this test.

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WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS BEST DESCRIBES YOU ON A TYPICAL DAY?

1) I don’t know what I’m doing with my life, but I don’t like anyone else telling me what to do.

2) I don’t know what I’m doing with my life, and I really don’t care.

3) I don’t know what I’m doing with my life, and I really wish someone would tell me what to do.

4) I know what I’m doing with my life and I think this test is stupid but I’ll keep reading anyway.

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SCORING

The number of the statement you chose that best describes you is your LSPP Type.  Note that this test is not conclusive, and could in fact, be completely wrong.  Regardless, below is a brief summary of the characteristics of your personality type.  Understanding yourself is the key to success in life, and it is my hope that this information will help you in your quest for self mastery.

Type 1: THE JACKASS

Type 1 individuals are tenacious.  At least that’s what they like to describe of themselves.  But this is merely self-delusion, for in realty, they are just plain stubborn.  They attend classes, lectures, listen to sermons, read, study, and fill their heads with all kinds of knowledge.  While this is a positive characteristic, whatever benefits they may have to offer the world are negated by their overriding weakness.  They love their independence and refuse to become part of the “machine” and refuse to take orders from “THE MAN”.  While rejecting authoritarian dictatorship is a healthy thing, they throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater.  They may pay lip service to the concept of submitted relationships, but at the end of the day, will do whatever they please.  They believe they will someday accomplish greatness because they are “called” and “anointed”, but sadly this is not the case.  They will merely become legends in their own minds because they never really DO anything.

Type 2: THE ZOMBIE

Type 2 individuals are laid back, relaxed, and rarely suffer from things such as excitement, enthusiasm or hyperactivity.  They take life as it comes.  When they encounter obstacles, they simply bounce off and go in another direction, much like a pinball in an arcade game.  Other personality types sometimes get a kick out of making fun of zombies, because of their meaningless wandering manner and their deadpan expressions.  However, when pushed too far, Type 2 people can become unpredictable, violent, and have been known to eat those around them for lunch, especially if they’ve smoked one too many doobies.

Type 3: THE SHEEPLE

Type 3 individuals seek to find meaning and purpose in life.  They want their lives to make a difference.  However, their desperation to instill purpose into their meaningless and empty lives often produces a gullibility that may cause them to seek out and blindly follow others who appear to be experts.  While a fortunate sheeple can be the proverbial “blind squirrel” who finds an acornic leader that will actually care for them and guide them on the road to success, this is usually not the case.  Chances are, they will instead be caught up in the Utopian rhetoric of a shady Type 1, where they will be herded into sheep sheds, regularly fleeced, and eventually converted into mutton stew.  Politically speaking, most sheeple are card carrying members of the Democrat party, love to watch Oprah Winfrey and get their news from MSNBC.  However, there are a significant numbers of Republican sheeple as well, most of whom consider the term “ditto head” to be a compliment.

Type 4: THE DISCIPLE

Type 4 individuals are those who want to succeed in life, and take personal responsibility for their own success.  They are seek out healthy mentors in their lives who can provide valuable wisdom and perspective and they make an investment of time and money to gain knowledge and understanding.  They see the value of living in community where there is a continual giving and receiving of life, and an accountability to walk out their destiny.  They take a weekly inventory of their successes and failures of the past week and make course adjustments when necessary.  They are always growing in wisdom by applying knowledge, taking action, and learning from their mistakes.  They seek to pass their insight and wisdom on to others and help them become successful in life as well.  They consider all viewpoints, weigh the evidence, and act wisely, being led not by circumstances, but by their strong set of internal values, self-understanding and clear vision of where they are going.

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So – how did you score?  Of course my sarcasm is all in fun, and hopefully is not without some merit.

Most of us know what we SHOULD do, but most of us don’t do it, at least on a daily basis, and I’m preaching to myself here.  We are by nature procrastinators to the nth degree. We seem to be easily hypnotized, brainwashed and lulled into a catatonic state where we ignore the obvious until circumstances force us into action.  We’re dancing to the music on the Titanic even as the water is rushing into the belly of the ship.  Only when the water is lapping around our toes do we start thinking about locating and boarding the lifeboat, and even then we’re looking for a lifeboat that has music and a dance floor before we commit our feet over the side.

It’s time for us to truly “seek first the Kingdom”. This is not a time to be stubborn, lazy, or naive. It is a time for somber action by all those who name the Name of Jesus.

If we are honest, I think most of us can say we’re not truly putting the Kingdom first on a daily basis.  I’m not speaking about religious activity – I’m speaking about actively doing the work that God has for us to do.  Maybe we don’t know how – I’m sure that’s true for lots of us.  If that is the case, please consider that NOW is the time to put forth whatever time in prayer that it takes to hear His voice.

Here’s the truth – the Kingdom is the rule of God in our lives, and will remain a choice; something we elect to pursue or ignore on a moment by moment, action by action basis.  We’re presently in the biggest national crisis most of us have ever faced, and now is the time for the people of God to get their priorities in line and start living with genuine purpose.  Anything less will be catastrophic on a personal and national basis.

I’ll close with a quote I heard recently – “It’s great to have your ducks in a row, but it’s much better to know what to do with your duck”.

And one more for the fridge:

No Purpose – No life.
Know purpose – Know life.

Until next time,
R<><

Published in: on December 11, 2008 at 4:48 pm  Comments (5)  

Iconoclasm

I’m pretty sure that I drive my friends crazy sometimes. Maybe often.  I’m not sure, because they don’t tell me, but in my minds eye, I imagine them shaking their heads after reading my ramblings and wondering why I write what I write, or say what I say when I could spend my time being positive and spreading sunshine and roses and puppy dog tales.  Perhaps I’m wrong about that.  Maybe some will tell me one way or the other.

I figured it might be helpful to lift the hood and give you a bit of insight into the inner workings of Rich Carey’s mind, and since this blog is essentially my personal platform of pontification, seems like the best place to do it.  So here goes.

Even as a small child I was overly inquisitive about how things work. My mother loves to tell people how I used to disassemble perfectly good toys to discover what was inside.  Indeed, many of my early childhood memories include performing exploratory surgery on many of my Christmas presents – for example, talking stuffed toys.  Before the days of tiny computer chips, we used to pull a ring attached to a string that hung from the side of, say, a small Herman Munster action figure (I’d say doll, but real boys don’t play with dolls) whereupon one would hear Herman Munster’s voice mysteriously emanating from his chest, uttering the phrases he was most famous for on his weekly TV show.

There was of necessity only a small handful of phrases and sounds he could utter, so the novelty wore off rather quickly, probably before New Years Day rolled around.  Curiosity as to the exact nature of this voice technology began to build within me exponentially as the days wore on.  One could feel a hard, square box on the working end of the string buried within his otherwise pillow-soft chest.  As curiosity increased, my fondness for Herman’s voice was overcome by the irresistible urge to perform exploratory surgery.  Of course, in doing so, there was a strong likelihood that the patient would not survive the surgery.  On top of that, there would surely be repercussions from my parents, who (to this day) could not understand why I would subject my new toys to a premature death.

As you probably have guessed by now, my youthful wisdom prevailed and a voiceboxectomy was performed.  Upon removing the mysterious box, I remember being initially disappointed, since the voicebox itself was (unlike today’s toys), quite sturdy; seemingly built to survive a nuclear attack by the Russians.  (We need not even question the value of a Herman Munster doll on the Day After).  It would not yield it’s secrets easily, and it was not like I could just put it back in as though nothing had happened.  Yet, I was not going to be easily deterred by their meager attempts to conceal their mysterious technology from me (any Idaho boy who knows the value of a good hammer), so further disassembly was deemed necessary and thus performed.

For the sake of time, I’m tempted to refrain from telling you the secret of the voicebox, since it has absolutely no bearing on the issue at hand, yet to avoid being deluged by angry emails from frustrated readers, full disclosure is prudent.  The secret of the voicebox was a small, windup record player.  Quite ingenious for it’s day, really.  I found other uses for it over time, transplanting Herman’s voice into various other inappropriate but humorous locations.

As I grew older, my desire to discover how things work never waned, but rather intensified.  I moved on to electric motors, switches, radios, televisions (though sparks flew and electrical shocks were not uncommon, by the grace of God I survived), and eventually, my favorite toys of all – personal computers.

I’ve had the good fortune to transform this talent for understanding how things work into a career of sorts.  I was a journeyman machinist prior to starting my own computer company.  Anyone who knows me well knows that I like to fix broken things if they can be fixed and are of sufficient complexity to challenge me (cars and plumbing are most definitely NOT challenging, so don’t call). My wife even calls me “Macguyver” whenever I fix something around the house (such a term of endearment).

Many years ago, I became aware of and accepted the high calling upon my life as an apostle and ambassador of the King.  Since then, I’ve naturally been drawn to dissect what we call Church, seeking to discover what works and what doesn’t and try to find ways to fix what is broken.  Where other leaders appear to me to be content to leave well enough alone and just “trust God”, I cannot.  My worldview includes a prevailing understanding of man’s call to walk in dominion, responsibility and stewardship.  Where others see problems only God can solve, I see problems that God has called us to solve – not without Him, but in partnership with Him.

You see, I take this idea of “seeking first the Kingdom” very seriously. Faith is not “belief“, which is generally defined by western culture as “intellectual assent“.  Atheists argue that they don’t “believe” in the existence of God.  They mistakenly think (as many Christians do) that believing in the existence of God makes one a believer.  But this is not biblically accurate.  True belief involves faith, and faith involves action.  James said, “Even the devil believes, and trembles” and “faith without works is dead“.  Jesus said he who believes does the work.  Some of that work surely involves tearing things down, taking things apart, and stepping into confrontation with the powers of darkness as they manifest in the lives of people, systems, and the institutions of society.

Understanding the true nature of faith as an action is a key principle of the Kingdom. Mere intellectual assent is a pathetic substitute, and this false “faith” has incapacitated the Church.  When the Church rises up and starts walking in true faith, translating knowledge into actions that move beyond the realm of “I believe”, the Kingdom grows.  Apart from action, our believing is not faith, it is merely knowledge at best.

What does all this have to do with iconoclasm? Since many people do not know what iconoclasm means, here’s a definition from Wikipedia:

Iconoclasm, Greek for “image-breaking”, is the deliberate destruction within a culture of the culture’s own religious icons and other symbols or monuments, usually for religious or political motives. It is a frequent component of major domestic political or religious changes.

…People who engage in or support iconoclasm are called iconoclasts, a term that has come to be applied figuratively to any person who breaks or disdains established dogmata or conventions.

Thus, at the very core of my being, I’m iconoclastic. I’m fully aware that this is not the best way to make friends, and I’m going to be misunderstood, falsely accused, maligned, persecuted, and possibly even martyred someday.  This is somewhat problematic for me, because I truly have a tender heart and want people to love me and appreciate what I’m doing.  But deep within me is a knowing that I was born to pluck up, to tear down, and to clear the way for the coming of the King.  More than one prophet has used the term “bulldozer” when giving me a personal prophetic word.

So, regardless of how it may seem to others, I’m not tearing things down (i.e. shooting holy cows) indiscriminately, or to hurt people’s feelings, or just to cause trouble (although I must admit, I do enjoy it too much sometimes).  I’m trying, in my own often frustrating ways to point out what is broken, and hopefully to provide possible answers for our problems.  I refuse to sit silently by and not let my faith translate into action.

Mind you, I want to be teachable, and correctable by those who love me.  But if you think I’m wrong, you better come to me with something more than someone’s hurt feelings.  If you want to change my mind, you’d be advised to bring good arguments that can be substantiated by hard evidence because chances are, I’ve done my homework.

I’m looking for my tribe – a group of people who are unafraid to ask hard questions and to find out why things are the way they are.  I want to walk with people that are willing to risk breaking some things for the promise of a better world.  I want to feel the thrill of standing upon the rubble of the devil’s kingdom with a tribe of iconoclasts who were willing to put it all on the line for the adventure of a lifetime and the reward of setting a generation free to become all that they were created to be.

So again I ask – is anybody with me?

Silence isn’t always golden; sometimes it’s just yellow. (Selah)

Published in: on December 5, 2008 at 9:52 pm  Comments (8)