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  

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)  

A Tipping Point is Within View

There is an excellent book by Malcom Gladwell titled, “The Tipping Point – How Little Things Can Make A Difference”.   Gladwell defines a tipping point as a sociological term, “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point.”

Wikipedia says, “Tipping points” are “the levels at which the momentum for change becomes unstoppable.”

I believe our nation is at a point of critical mass, and the momentum for change is unstoppable.  Never in our nations history has there been so many problems with so few answers.  Public approval of our elected officials is around 15%, and for good reason.  Government intervention in our lives is responsible not only for an ever increasing loss of freedom, but for the meltdown of the global financial system.  The more they try to help, the more problems they cause.

The truth is, our political system is badly broken.  Our Founding Fathers never imagined career politicians, but rather true servant-leaders who would truly look out for the best interests of those they governed.  Today’s self-serving politicians are vastly different.  In the interest of self-preservation, the old guard has created a complex system of laws and rules where outsiders are effectively blocked from entering their sanctum and making substantial changes in the way things are done.  Maintaining status quo is the order of the day, and it will remain so, until “we the people” reach the boiling point – that moment of critical mass where we are mad as hell and will not willing to take it anymore.

The truth is, we need a genuine grassroots revolution in this country.  People need to stop living in denial.  This nation became great because it was built upon a foundation of divine truth.  Please take a minute to read carefully this section of the Declaration of Independence and see if you agree that it’s time for another revolution.

“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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Has our present government reached this point of absolute despotism?  Probably not yet, but we are quickly marching in that direction.  Uncontrolled government spending and escalating budget deficits can only result in increased taxation.  The winds of socialism are growing in strength.  The present bailout plan being bantered about by Congress, when combined with the trillions of dollars in promised entitlement payments will seal the deal.  This massive debt is being laid upon the backs of a workforce which is decreasing daily.  Baby Boomers have begun piling onto the Social Security rolls and the system will soon reach critical mass.

In just a few short years, our children’s paychecks will be dramatically impacted and the level of resentment will increase exponentially as they find themselves unable to enjoy the fruit of their labors.  For them, the American Dream will become an unrealistic fantasy and a painful reminder of the unfairness of this nation.  This is a travesty of monumental proportions, and it angers me beyond words because it is a violation of the first order.

While I believe in political reform, our two-party system doesn’t need reformation; it needs abolition.  It is outdated and it only serves to perpetuate our crushing, life-robbing problems.  We need government, but we do not need the amount of government that we have.  Our Founding Fathers gave us a great gift in the founding documents of our nation.  I believe they were operating under divine inspiration when they crafted a government where people are empowered to pursue their dreams, enjoy the fruit of their labors, and live in peace and harmony.  They restricted government intervention in the lives of the citizens, and provided checks and balances which were meant to keep corruption and blind ambition out of the government process.

Even our judicial branch, the last check in the system has become corrupt in it’s actions.  In the past few years, activist federal judges have decided that their opinions are more important than the Constitution they were sworn to uphold.  Federal case law has replaced natural law and the intent of the Founders.  The rotten fruit of this arrogant folly is rapidly becoming a stench in our nostrils.  We are no longer a nation built upon a foundation of justice and righteousness. The sanctity of life and personal freedom are no longer valued by many sit upon their lofty benches.

The mentality of entitlement has replaced the virtues of personal responsibility and stewardship.  This is not only destroying families and reducing them to wards of the state, it is eroding our national prosperity and poisoning the minds of future generations who no longer place value on work.  We now have a large segment of the population who believes that the government is their source; that they have a right to food and shelter.

In fact, nobody has a right to these things – they have a right to pursue them.  They are not free, and as such, someone has to pay for them.  Of course, so long as politicians are free to take money away from those who work and give it to whomever they please, they can create a block of parasitic voters who remain in willful ignorance of how the world really works.

This is not a new problem, and the Apostle Paul summed up the scriptural idea of stewardship and responsibility in this way – “he that will not work, neither let him eat.”  This is how love operates – it uses the lessens of consequence to teach us how to live in true freedom, rather than being enslaved by being dependent upon others.  Of course we have a moral obligation to care for those who cannot care for themselves.  But it is not love to promote irresponsibility by stealing from those who work and giving it to those who will not.  Man was created to spend his life in fruitful labor.  Those who do not but are spared the consequences of their sloth are not only a burden on the rest of society, they often spend their energies in destructive and unlawful behavior.  This is one big reason why crime and poverty are often bedfellows.

If America has a future, it will be because we return to the principles that flow from the heart of God for mankind – the principles of the Kingdom of God.  Man was born to be free, to have dominion over the works of his hands, and to enjoy the fruit of his labors.  We need government to protect us from that which would restrict these freedoms.  It is up to WE THE PEOPLE to protect ourselves from the government.

As I look upon the horizon, I see a tipping point in view.  It is time for change – not from the top down, but from the bottom up.  We need a grassroots revolution.  Have you reached your boiling point yet?

Published in: on October 19, 2008 at 2:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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