God is a Capitalist

This is the video of a message I presented on 4/11/09 at New Life Church. It is an examination of the capitalist system, tracing it’s roots through history and scripture.

I believe this is a very strategic message for today, and contains information that every Christian should understand.  Enjoy!

As always, your comments are welcome.

God is a Capitalist Video

For His glory,
R<><

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Published in: on April 12, 2009 at 3:53 am  Comments (2)  

Should Christians Protest?

I’m sure many of my Christian friends are puzzled how a guy who is known to be an ardent pursuer of the Kingdom of God can suddenly get caught up in political protests.  Some may have a hard time connecting the two.  Others may suppose that my passion for God and things of the Spirit have been diluted by worldly concerns.

I assure you, nothing could be further from the truth.

My friend Sharon asked me some good questions about this protesting stuff.  I started to answer on her Facebook wall, but being the wordy kind of guy I am, ended up in the 3rd box before I decided to move my comments here.

Among other things, Sharon asked this:

“I think you should post step by step instructional note of what we can each do to have an effective voice in this thing…
In history the tea party made a statement …but we’re not really going to take up our muskets are we? Just what kind of effect do you hope this will accomplish beside just public awareness? I think it’s important that people understand why they are doing something and what the expected outcome will be…”

You ask good questions, Sharon. From my perspective (we’ll see how many agree), our nation has been hijacked by big government, “progressive” left-wing radicals that are merrily bankrupting our nation, fully thinking they have a mandate of the people to do so because of the elections.

Why would a Kingdom-minded guy like myself get so wrapped up in politics? Short answer – the principles of freedom, stewardship and personal responsibility are foundations of the Kingdom that we are to bring to this earth. These allow people to reach their destiny and live that abundant life that Jesus promised. These principles were established through much struggle and bloodshed by our forefathers.  They are under attack, and will be lost if WE THE PEOPLE don’t stand up and oppose what is going on.  As an ambassador of the Kingdom, I feel a very strong sense of stewardship and responsibility for the well-being of my fellow man and this nation, and I take this very seriously.

To quote a famous statesman – “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” We are truly living in critically strategic times.  The ship has left the dock, and we are sailing into a storm, the likes of which we’ve never seen before.  If enough peaceful protests take place, perhaps we can reverse course and the violence that will surely come can be averted.  That is my hope and prayer.

America is a grand experiment based upon these Kingdom principles. But this is all changing very rapidly. We must learn the lessons of history. We can either preserve our freedom and prosperity, or we can do nothing and become enslaved by evil men. The choice is up to us.

Ask the Chinese Church if they’d rather have freedom or persecution. While they see the value and motivation of their persecution, I’m sure they see American Christians as fools who do not appreciate what we have been given.

We must pray, we must protest, and some of us will choose to fight. I do it for the children. A righteous man leaves an inheritance to his grandchildren. Obama and the Democrats are making this impossible by placing TRILLIONS of dollars of debt on the backs of future generations. This is evil. Somebody needs to speak out.

That is why I protest, write, and rant about this subject. This IS Kingdom business. This is where the rubber meets the road and the Kingdom gets real. It’s not just about singing songs and praying.  This Kingdom has real life implications, and it’s getting more real every day.

I’m not advocating a theocracy in any way.  The Kingdom is a choice that must be made by each individual and cannot be mandated by government.  But righteousness and unrighteousness are found in every dollar that is spent and every law that is passed.  If we are to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, how can we sit silently by and allow unrighteousness to go unchallenged, especially in a nation where freedom and individual liberty is celebrated as no other on the face of the earth?

What can we do?  First, I believe one should take this question to God.  Some will be called to run to the front lines of the battle, others will be called to care for the wounded and the families of those who fall in the battle.  I believe that making our voices known on Facebook, blogs, Twitter, in our churches, neighborhoods, etc. is important.  People are not informed and remain willfully ignorant of what is happening.  Public protests will raise awareness, so I believe everyone should get involved.  Make some new friends.  I did yesterday at the protest.

Start a local communications network among those who understand.  As the prophet Daniel said, “Those who have understanding will give understanding to many”.  Keep the love of Jesus in the forefront in the midst of the battle and never violate the law of love.  Demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit in the midst of all protest, even when things get heated (which they will eventually).  Tell others about the Kingdom.  Even most Christians don’t understand that it is the rule and reign of a loving God who wants all to be free and live prosperous, joyful lives.

Start right now to put aside some money for travel to larger protest events that are coming.  I’m confident that massive gatherings will be organized in the near future.  It will take a thundering cry from the masses to turn this crazy train around.  Will it take muskets to get the point across?  Let’s pray not.  But if this doesn’t turn around, I guarantee you, it’s only a matter of time.

Get plugged into the new social media outlets.  Twitter will become a key tool this year.  Learn how it works.  We no longer have to depend upon the major liberally-biased media outlets for our news.  We have the power to broadcast to one another instantaneously, all across the country.

The Revolution has begun, and I think the Kingdom is right in the midst of it.  If not, I intend to put it there.

Ready to rumble,
R<><

“Dissent is the highest form of patriotism” – Unknown

Published in: on February 28, 2009 at 5:21 pm  Comments (6)  

This Present Shaking

This is a resurrected post that I started back in December.  How much clearer we can see, just a few weeks hence..

Last December I was privileged to attend an inspiring one day gathering of some of the most insightful marketplace ministry leaders I’m aware of.  It was an intimate gathering which allowed some close contact with the speakers, which included C. Peter Wagner, Dennis Peacocke, Lance Wallnau, Linda Rios Brooke and Chuck Pierce.

Going into this conference, I was very curious what their perspective would be on our current state of affairs, given the wonderful mixture of apostolic and prophetic anointings placed in these strategic thinkers.  I’ve done a fair amount of research into the gravity of economic realities we’re now facing and honestly wondered if anybody was coming to the same conclusions I’ve drawn.

sinking-shipI’m sad to report that I found a great deal of confirmation and validation across the board and that indeed, things ARE as bad as I been thinking.  They agreed; the ship is going down and it’s only a matter of time.

BUT THIS IS NOT BAD NEWS.  You see, we’re privileged to be living in the Day of Shakings!  The systems of this world are filled with corruption and death, built upon the principles of greed and lust and a disregard for the principles of the Kingdom of God.  They MUST come down to make room for the new life-giving systems of the Kingdom to be built and established.  They are bankrupt and the game is over.  Linda Rios Brook paraphrased thusly, “if the horse is dead, it’s probably time to dismount.”

The Obama team and the Democrat-controlled congress will do their best to fix the problems, but this will serve only to delay the inevitable.  I certainly don’t envy them.

Linda shared the following well-established principles of leadership:

  1. Stop doing what’s guaranteed not to work.
  2. If the plan does not work, get a new plan.
  3. Opportunity rarely comes through the front door announcing itself.  It usually comes as misfortune or defeat.

Thus, we are living in extraordinary days.  Everything that can be shaken, will be so that the artificial can no longer appear to be real.  God is not mocked, even by the government and politicians.  As a nation, we are reaping what we have sown.  It’s time to plant a new crop and look forward to an extended season of tending that which is precious even as the fire of God burns up the noxious weeds in our lives.

I say turn up the heat, Lord, and let’s get on with it.

Until next time,
R<><

Published in: on February 28, 2009 at 3:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Did God Elect Obama?

Yesterday Barack Obama made history by becoming the first black President of these United States.  The enthusiasm and pride of the million plus people who endured hours of bitter cold to witness his inauguration was truly inspiring.  We can all be very proud that this new chapter in American history has begun.  It is my earnest prayer that the ugly scourge of racism and disenfranchisement of African-Americans; indeed all people, no matter what color, can be put behind us forever.

President Barack ObamaPresident Obama’s speech was typical of those he delivered during his campaign, filled with the phrases of hope that became the platform on which he ran – “we are one”, “yes we can”, “nothing is impossible”, “this is not about me, but about you”, etc.  These words have instilled a great sense of hope in the masses and expectations upon our new President are very high.  Truly he will need our prayers in the days to come as we face some of the greatest crises in the history of this nation.

Personally, I’m not as full of hope as most, it seems.  I’m not a pessimist by nature, but life has taught me that talk is cheap, people are mostly fickle, selfish and lazy by nature, and common sense is in short supply today, especially in Washington D.C.  Simply electing a new President, no matter how charismatic or brilliant he (or she) may be will not make a whit of difference if we don’t get a rapid and comprehensive infusion of guts and brains into our Democrat-controlled congress as well.

True to form, I’d like to be controversial (what? Rich? controversial?) and address one idea that keeps popping up in the commentaries made by Christians since the election.  “God is in control of everything” seems to be a popular theme these days, which is clearly meant to say that God put Obama into office.  I have very strong objections to this concept, and I’d like to share another perspective.

The Bible is filled with examples of God raising up leaders, both good and evil, to rule over His people.  Many Christians in this hour are quick to quote Paul’s admonition in Romans 13:1-3 in defense of their position that God is in control of our elections:

” Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”

Thus the reasoning goes that it must be God who put Barack Obama in office, and whatever happens must therefore be the will of God.

But let’s think about this for a moment.  If we make this verse a doctrine and apply it literally and broadly across the fabric of history, I think we’ll see a problem emerge.  When Martin Luther nailed his theses to the door at Whitenburg was he in rebellion against God? He was surely rebelling against authority; and spiritual authority at that.  How about the Fathers of our nation who fought against the forces of the British Crown to establish a new, independent government in defiance of their authority?  What about those German Christians who refused to support Hitler’s campaign to exterminate the Jewish people from the face of the earth?  How about those millions of Christians around the world today who must worship in secret because the practice of Christianity is forbidden by their government.  Do we have a problem with this doctrine yet?

Let’s make it more real with some possibilites we could very well face in the not too distant future.  What will you do if the government decides to limit you to only having 1 child because of new population control laws?  What will you do when your income tax rates are 50%, 60%, even 70% of what you make in order to pay the interest on the national debt they have amassed in bailing out the banks, auto industry, etc.?  What will you do when the public school your 5 year old attends starts teaching that homosexual unions are normal and then informs you that you have no say in the matter because homosexual marriage is now the law?  Will you submit when the government wants to tell you what kind of car you can drive, what food you can eat, what temperature your home must be, and what clothes you will wear in the name of environmental responsibility and world equality?  In the face of these things, will you sit passively by and cling to your doctrine that God is in control of everything and all leaders come into power in accordance with His will?

I think all Christians can agree that the death of Christ on the cross was the pivotal point of history.  Most Christians view the sacrifice of Christ through the lens of personal salvation.  While this is the central truth of the cross, there is another equally significant truth involved; the establishment of God’s Kingdom upon the earth and the beginning of a new covenant and a brand new Age of righteousness.

Since that day, the Kingdom has been growing, expanding, filling this world, day by day, heart by heart.  This Kingdom is God’s rule and reign upon the earth.  It’s goal and purpose is the complete and total transformation of every nation, people and tribe, bringing the life-giving will and purposes of God into full realization upon the earth.

This Kingdom comes challenging the authority of the enemy – the god of this age, who possesses great power and influence in every nation and foments rebellion against the perfect will of God and His Kingdom.  Thus we are in a war for the hearts of men and for the soul of every nation, especially that in which we live.

The clear commandment of Christ is to dwell in God’s love, to love our fellow man, and seek the righteousness of God.  He also commanded us to make disciples (followers) of this Kingdom and teach them how to live and walk in righteousness.  I believe we could sum this up with Jesus words – “I have come that they might have life in abundance“.  There is no country on earth where that is more possible than America, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

What is my point?  I believe that the birth of America was the culminating fruit of centuries of Kingdom expansion upon the earth.  This land was birthed by those who sought freedom – to be free to live in peace, pursue their dreams, and worship God in whatever manner they desired.  In only 100 years, America because the greatest nation that has ever existed upon the earth, not because we were the richest or most powerful, but because we were a free people, and our founding documents, if followed, virtually guaranteed our success.  We also became the beachhead and top exporter of the Gospel of the Kingdom to the nations of the earth.

However, the last 100 years have seen a terrible reversal of these vital principles.  Slowly but surely our government has gotten bigger and ever more powerful.  Taxes are increasing while freedom is decreasing.  Righteousness living is no longer common as our nation’s moral fabric has disintegrated.  Truth is increasingly in short supply as the media spews lies and excrement to an adrenaline-addicted, intellectually slothful generation.  International financial interests wield far more power in political realms than the masses they govern.  Things are not as they should be.

Did God put Barack Obama in power?  No, He did not.  We did.  We the people. Do not blame God for anything that happens on your watch, Christian. We hold the destiny of this nation in our hands.  God has not left us alone, but He has left us in charge.

You see, it was God-fearing men and women who took the principles of the Kingdom of God seriously and fought and bled and died to create this great nation where freedom reigned and government was intentionally restrained by law:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Selah.

Does this mean that I believe God is opposed to Barack Obama?  No more than He is opposed to you or I.  God is for us all.  But we are deceived if we believe that God picks sides, for He does not.

The real question is this – is Barack Obama on God’s side? How can we tell?  “You shall know them by their fruits“.  When President Obama seeks to bring peace and prosperity, promoting freedom and liberty for all the people, he is surely on God’s side.  At the same time, when President Obama appoints activist judges who erode liberty and freedom, who open up the floodgates of unrestrained murder of unborn babies, he is surely not a friend of God nor His Kingdom.

I believe “God is in control” is a Christian cop-out.  True, God is all powerful, but in this Age He chooses to limit His power, seeking to exercise it almost solely through the ambassadors of His Kingdom.  The gift of freedom is a fearful thing, for it bears great responsibility. Adam was free to partake of the forbidden fruit.  Man is free to love God or hate him.  And we, as Americans have been graced with the freedom to choose what kind of nation we shall have.  Every election is another opportunity to either advance or restrain the rule and reign of God in our nation by choosing righteous or unrighteous leaders to govern us.  Let us stop blaming God for our own failures to act responsibility with the great power and freedom He has given to us.

Yesterday Barack Obama swore an oath on the Lincoln Bible to uphold the Constitution of the United States.  I’m going to hold him to that, and I pray you will as well.  If we do not, we shall have no one to blame but ourselves for our great loss.

Let us earnestly pray that President Obama will be firmly on God’s side… that he will turn from the ungodly positions he has held in his former days, and govern righteously and wisely.  May God have mercy upon us.

Until next time,
R<><

“When the righteous rule, the people rejoice”

Published in: on January 21, 2009 at 4:24 pm  Comments (16)  

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.”

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

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)  

Now Is Your Time

You’re afraid, and for good reason. As you look around, fear is rising in the hearts of thinking people everywhere.  You or someone you know is in danger of losing their job.  Your retirement account has been decimated as the stock market plummets to new lows.  You no longer have a safety net, and you are afraid.

Violence is on the increase, and the value of life is decreasing.  There are people in your city who would kill you for the money in your wallet, or maybe just for the sheer pleasure of it.  Gone are the days when you could leave your doors unlocked or your valuables laying around and trust that they would still be there when you returned.

You know you shouldn’t be afraid, but you are.  Go ahead and admit it. Acknowledge your fear and stop beating yourself up about it.  Ignoring it won’t make it go away.  Ignorant bliss is definitely not the answer.  We’re in a crisis, and you have every reason to be afraid.

But don’t embrace your fear, because fear can cause us to make very bad decisions.

In the face of the economic crisis, our governmental representatives wring their hands and wonder what to do.  They too, are afraid, and that only adds to our own fears.  In desperation, they draft bailout bills to save financial interests who’ve raped and pillaged the economy.  Now the automotive industry is lining up to get their share of the rescue package.  These bailout plans serve only to delay the inevitable crash while mortgaging our future and miring our children with massive amounts of debt.  Fear is the driving force today on Wall Street, Main Street, and Pennsylvania Avenue.

The promises of change permeated the presidential election, and the candidate who made change his one word campaign slogan won.  The people put their hope in the one who they believe will offer solutions to our problems and make us all safe again.

But it’s time to face the cold, stark realities of where we are. As much as we all want to believe that the government can fix our economy, our health care system, etc., etc,. the truth is, they cannot.  The numbers don’t lie.  We’re in the biggest mess we’ve ever been in, and things are going to get worse before they get better.  How much worse, we do not know, but we’re sailing into some very troubled waters.

In the Church, the prophets are divided. Some are declaring divine judgment, others are declaring blessing and supernatural intervention.  I think both are correct, and yet both are giving incomplete, and therefore erroneous information because neither position identifies the real solution.  Allow me to explain.

God’s judgment is upon this nation. He made if very clear in His Word.  As a nation, we are free to choose blessings or curses.  Ignoring God’s ways can only result in judgment.  Not because He is angry with us; indeed He is hurting right along with us because He loves us.  The natural result of leaping from a cliff is a fall to the ground.  Likewise, the natural result of unrepentant selfishness in a culture is broken families, scarred children, abortion, substance abuse and systemic poverty.  God’s ways work, man’s ways don’t.  Humanists will try to tell you otherwise, but history testifies against them.  Saying something is or isn’t true doesn’t make it so.  Truth is not relative to what we believe.  The whole of creation operates under physical and spiritual laws and we are subject to them, regardless of whether we accept them as truth or not.  We ignore them to our own peril.

We keep looking outside for help to come, but no help is coming. The sooner we accept this reality, the sooner we can get on with the program.  The answers we desperately need are already present within the hearts and minds of the sons and daughters of the King.

God wants to intervene in our world, but we need to understand that divine intervention has already happened.  The Kingdom has come.  The power of God has been released and the plan of God has been set into motion, entrusted to those who have ears to hear, eyes to see, and a heart willing to obey.

Somewhere along the way in development of Christian culture, we accepted the notion that God is separate and distinct from the Church.  We pay lip service to “Christ in you, the hope of glory”, but we do not live our lives as though it were really true TODAY.  We wear the label of the “Body of Christ” but our actions betray us.  We do not really believe these things, for true belief results in action, and meaningful action by Christians is in short supply these days, because we have been brainwashed by well-meaning pulpiteers and religious hacks.

Thus our fears are based in our lack of faith – true faith that is fixed not upon our government, nor upon a far-away God who is seated upon His Throne, but upon the Anointed One who lives within the heart of every true believer and is anxiously waiting for the opportunity to display His power and creativity through any yielded vessel who will truly put the Kingdom of God FIRST in their over-crowded, ever-busier life.

Here’s the truth.  Our fears need to turn to anger. Not an unrighteous, carnal anger that hurts people, but a righteous, turn-over-the-money-changer’s-tables kind of anger that refuses to sit back and accept the crap of our broken culture as “normal” any longer.

I am not afraid.  I am angry, and I’m not going to take it lying down any longer.

I’m angry at politicians who take an oath to serve the public and then go on to make a lucrative career out of serving special interests and protecting their positions of power.

I’m angry at preachers who offer up only pat answers for complex problems and lull the people of God to sleep with cheery platitudes and feel-good messages that just get us through another week.

I’m angry at self-centered, self-worshipping, soulless celebrities who think their fame and fortune somehow qualifies them to lead, represent, or speak out on behalf of the people of this nation.

But mostly, I’m angry at the devil who is behind all the destruction and death that is so prevalent in our world today.  He has successfully gained a significant foothold in our national culture over the past few decades, and we are being destroyed from within.  I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore.

I was born to be free, and I want my children and my grandchildren to be free – free to pursue life, liberty and happiness.  Free to love and to live in peace and harmony.  Free to see the fulfillment of their wildest dreams.  That is the will of God for every inhabitant of this earth, and I refuse the let the devil rob us of these things any longer.  I am pledging my very life to this cause.

No more will I remain silent or tone down my message in the name of political correctness, false religious humility,  or fear of  reputation.  My language will become intently more colorful, for I have a message that must rise above the din of meaningless prattle that fills the airwaves of popular Christian culture.  I believe it is truth, and thus will strike a chord in the hearts of many, and my full intent is to raise up an army of modern barbarians who are no longer afraid and who will pledge their lives to the cause of the Kingdom.

So, dear readers, this is a call to arms. A call to lay down your fears and pick up the sword of the Spirit.  It is time to become a warrior tribe, to take our message of true change to the streets, to stop being intimidated by the moronic voices of pop culture, political correctness and powerless religion.

It is time to boldly speak the truth in love, everywhere, every time, to everyone, whether they will agree with us, love us, hate us, or stone us.

Let’s stop the foolishness, stop waiting for a rescue from the outside.  This is our planet, our country, our city.  The King of Glory lives in our hearts, and He desperately wants out.  This is YOUR time.  Together, we can change our world.

Is anybody listening?  Is anybody with me? If you are, take a stand and post a comment on this blog.  Join my new Facebook group “Tribe of Kingdom Barbarians”.  Become part of the new Kingdom Barbarian Tribe!

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” – Rom. 8:18-21 NASB

Addendum: 14 Dec 08

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 rantings above, and it got me thinking that I should clarify my 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.

Published in: on November 22, 2008 at 10:52 pm  Comments (5)  

We Need a Kingdom Perspective!

Jesus Came To Establish A Kingdom, Not a Religion.

“I must preach the Kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.”  Luke 4:43 NASB

Jesus had more to say about the Kingdom than any other subject.  Obviously, it ranks right up there on God’s priority list of topics His children should understand.

One major point of truth that we need to grasp is that Jesus did not come to establish a religion.  This may come as a surprise to many, but it is true.  Religion is man’s meager attempt to appease an invisible and unreachable god.  Even Christianity is a religion.  But Jesus did not come preaching a new religion, He came preaching the gospel of the Kingdom.

Many restrict the work of Christ to the cross.  However, Jesus came for much more than to die for our sins.  The cross was a tremendous victory in innumerable ways.  Not only did Jesus redeem us from sin and purchase a place for us in Heaven, but He took all of our sicknesses and diseases upon Himself and removed them from us forever.  Yet, we continue to fight the good fight of faith, enforcing the victory of the cross in our everyday lives.  This is because the cross is not for us an ending, but a beginning.  You see, Jesus came to establish the rule and reign of God upon the earth and to restore the dominion to man that was lost in the Garden of Eden.

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are not only saved from our sin, but become part of His Kingdom.  He becomes our King, and we become His subjects.  However, He is not looking for subjects, but sons and daughters who will rule and reign with him in this life, right here, right now.

Perspective Is Everything
Every one of us sees life through a unique pair of glasses.  Every situation we encounter, every relationship we enter into is interpreted through this pair of glasses.  Psychologists have given a name to this pair of glasses – paradigm.  Paradigm describes the unique perspective that each of us have of life.

Our paradigm is the totality of our education, life experiences, and relationships.  Unfortunately, our paradigm can be flawed, due to negative events in our lives.  Like a bad pair of glasses, we do not see reality clearly.  We interpret things incorrectly, draw erroneous conclusions and formulate bad decisions.

A “paradigm shift” is a term that describes a radical transformation of our perspective.  Something causes us to see things in a completely different light and our thinking is instantly changed.

For example, suppose you are driving down the street minding your own business, when suddenly, a car comes racing past you, swerving in and out of traffic.  They cut you off, nearly taking off your front fender.  Ahead, they continue to swerve wildly in and out of the traffic, clearly presenting a danger to everyone.

You assume this is a reckless teenager, as has been the case so many times before.  You decide that you should follow them up the road and give them a piece of your mind.  You speed up and catch them at the next stoplight.

As you pull up, you roll down your window, ready to let them have it.  However, you are shocked at what you see.  Rather than a reckless young driver, you see a man who is obviously in crisis.  You see the panic in his eyes.  Upon closer examination, you see that lying on the seat next to him is a little boy with a large, bloody towel wrapped around his head.  The man’s hands, tightly clenching the steering wheel, are red with blood.  You hear his choked voice as he reassures the boy.  “Everything is going to be alright, son.  We’re almost to the hospital.”  Before you can utter a word, the light changes, and they race off, leaving you in stunned silence.

In an instant, truth was revealed and your flawed perspective was radically transformed.  Your anger dissolved into a profound sense of empathy and you suddenly wanted to aid this unfortunate family.  You just experienced a paradigm shift.

Needed: A Kingdom Paradigm Shift
Based on what we see in the Church today, I believe that most Christians need a paradigm shift.  One of the greatest losses of the Church in the last 2000 years is the loss of a view of the Kingdom.  Somewhere along the way, we had a paradigm shift in the wrong direction.

Many of us have allowed the enemy to fit us with a pair of glasses that distorts reality.  Rather than seeing life through God’s eyes, we take a carnal, earthly perspective.  Big things look small, and small things look big.  We miss important details because our vision is out of focus.  Life is interpreted incorrectly and opportunities afforded by God for our benefit are missed.

We need to put on a Kingdom set of glasses, that we might gain a Kingdom perspective!  We were never meant to view this earth through an earthly, natural perspective.  We are supernatural beings, specially created in the image of God, with spiritual senses that are waiting to be awakened.  The apostle Paul prayed this way:

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.”   Eph. 1:18-19 NASB

I once heard Jack Taylor say, “Celebration is the fruit of perspective.”  I believe this is a very profound statement.  For the Christian, perspective lies at the very heart of celebration.  Those with a carnal perspective can only rejoice when circumstances are favorable.  Their celebration is limited by their natural perspective.  However, a Kingdom perspective says, “Everything’s gonna be alright!”  No matter what is happening, we know that we are part of a Kingdom, and our King is in control.  Even if our circumstances don’t look so good, we can still celebrate because we have a Kingdom perspective!

A Kingdom perspective says, “God will be successful in all of His plans.”  We know that He will never fail.  Therefore, the only question in the matter is simply, will we be with Him?  Only those who see through spiritual eyes will overcome this world.  How desperately we need to gain a Kingdom perspective!

Until next time,
R<><

Published in: on September 1, 2008 at 8:40 pm  Comments (6)  
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