This is my 2nd blog post actually. While doing our taxes yesterday I became frustrated over the IRS and my state’s income tax policy and ranted briefly about that in a new post rather than ruining my first one with a temper-motivated rant.
I felt that the first post should remain focused on introducing me and what form this blog is intended to be. What it ends up actually becoming is another story entirely. I am me, and no one else. I have and will share my beliefs in a respectful way. I invite Comments; to be as specific as possible, I legitimately mean that I expect constructive, and truly curious comments. That means I wont call people names or engage in logical fallacies with those who visit and share their thoughts with me. If I fail, I will fix it and apologize. I expect the same treatment in return. There will be no double standard. I will not verbally abuse and degrade people who comment here and then suddenly act offended when I get called out for what’s coming to me.
I believe in freedom of association as a right. I consider this blog as well as any other digital location I run, manage, or own to be my property. If you come onto my property and behave disrespectfully and immaturely, you will get a warning to straighten up. If you do not heed that warning, the door will become far friendlier than I am as it slams shut on your backside.
In short, I expect myself to follow the same rules that I expect from others. That means they’ll be enforced.
I am a Christian that believes that God’s people today are sick. That the church communities and members in general (some are far worse than others) are sadly full of hypocrisies, hypocrites, selfish ambition, and so much more. It saddens me greatly. I recently read an excellent post that echoes my thoughts pretty well on the typical American church. 59 Percent of Millenials Raised in a Church Have Dropped Out – And They’re Trying to Tell Us Why The one area where I stand a little differently is that the author is more emotional than I am in communicating my beliefs in feelings. That has led people I’ve discussed the article with to call the post whiny, and childish. They have a point, though not one that ultimately bothers me since I am able to ignore the author’s personal interjections and look at the very applicable and dead on observations being made. Give it a read!
My societal/political beliefs strongly echo the libertarian and classical liberal. That means, in part, that I don’t hate only corrupt government, or only corrupt corporations. I call them both out. I also have a strongly positive affinity for anarchy. For those unfamiliar with what anarchy truly is, (because shock of all shocks, the media and society has lied their rear ends off about it) it is a belief in a grassroots, locally run and maintained system of rules and laws in which communities handle their own issues through a consensus of the people. In the most basic terms, it means there are rules in a society, but not rulers. It means that “government” takes the form of communities designing, and either sinking or swimming, based on their own expectations and rules. They enforce the rules based on their own criteria with violators dealt with by the community through punishments and discipline that are codified and enforced by the community. There is no elite class built up to run things that can be overfed and turn tyrannical. Even the most noble and freedom-oriented governments fall when a corrupted man achieves power … which will happen… every…. single…. time…
As a result of my belief in and study of God’s word, I believe that the commands for each Individual member of humankind by Him is to be a caretaker and provider to your own family, brothers and sisters in Christ, community, and the planet itself. (in that order, and with none other really to add into the list, INCLUDING nation) The exception to that are individuals that have a DIRECT calling to minister to a class (such as drug addicts, the homeless, elderly, etc) or foreign nations or communities. If you do not have that calling, then I believe firmly that your calling is to be a christian that is day in and day out pushing closer to holiness and a relationship with Christ, while fulfilling the obligations I already mentioned.
In my life, that means my family is and always will be my highest priority. If I am dead, I can not care for or provide to my family. THIS, being my highest priority in life, is the source of the acronym (which is why it’s in all capital letters) S.Y.C.A.B.O. I pulled this acronym from Luke 22:36. In it, Jesus is describing to his disciples the basic preparations needed for them to begin going out and ministering when he is gone. “ He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.”
Sell Your Cloak And Buy One. There are two implications that can be seen fairly readily with little meditation. The primary being that all jobs a christian must perform end the moment you allow yourself to be destroyed without a righteous cause fueling that death. If you don’t have the sense to defend yourself against a home invader or a street thug, then you’re no use as a tool to Him. These were times of highway banditry and other societal ills that live on in very different forms than we have today, but no less echo the corruption and violence that exists within the human heart and destroys innocent lives even today.
The second implication is that if you own something that is of LESS importance than whatever your family needs, your obligation is to deal with it yourself. Don’t beg, don’t scream for free food and money from other people. Deal with it yourself. If you drive a nice car like a BMW instead of a Ford or Hyundai, and buy outfits that cost $100 plus, but can’t feed your own children without begging, then your priorities are completely backwards. Sell your ___, stop wasting your money on nonessentials, like an extra $150 a month to have unlimited data on the entire families smartphones, and feed your own children with the money. The fact that society as a whole has no problem with this is sickening. Mature families pay taxes out the rear while making the right choices and being forced to give up money that could help their own families, to feed that greed and entitlement in others. It is wrong. That #1 priority should be the family.
The 2nd, our brothers and sisters in Christ. I believe that accountability is lost as well as a HOST of other things that God intended to be common place within the church community. The link I posted above is an excellent one that brings up very well what I believe needs done there. I am sickened by the modern church’s willingness to bow to societal pressures in order to become more palatable to a morally sick and corrupt world, by engaging in practices that make us a stench in the nostrils of the God who saved us. Church beware…
As for community, I believe it is the individual and the church’s responsibility to reach into the community… not “the rich,” or the government through taxation. It is ours, personally, and individually. When your neighbor needs food, and you have a full pantry, it’s time for you to reach out with a helping hand, not a flier for how to apply for food stamps.
And the planet… well. If we screw it up badly enough, none of the others will matter much.
One of my main actions that contributes to helping all of the above is my penchant for eco-friendly practices like growing our own food and using green-conscious resources where possible. I’m not a green-freak hippy, and I don’t believe in man-made global warming. (I’m still waiting for someone to explain how our cow farts and diesel fumes are warming Venus and Mars, since their warming trends are identical to ours… Also, why are there thousands of leaked emails of pro-manmade global warming scientists discussing how to tweak non-warming numbers into warming ones?) I do believe (accurately) that pollution and over-reliance on finite energy sources (like petroleum based products) will have terrible effects in the long run, and in some cases, are causing problems already. The transition from petroleum to green energies is one that must be done gradually, responsibly, and intelligently, and is mostly done that way in cases where the government or corporations are not interferring. Local power companies, yes, even small local power companies, are investing in green energy technologies such as supplementing with solar panels and wind farms. We’re moving in a positive direction, but eco-fascism is trying to throw practicality to the wind and causing as much damage to the world as the people that choose to ignore our energy problems.
Sorry…rant over. What this ultimately means is that in my tiny way, me and my family are “being the change.” We are slowly pulling out of the purchase of mass-manufactured food and GMOs in favor of locally grown, organic food that in some cases we grow ourselves. Last spring my wife was enormously pregnant and unable to grow, but the 2 summers prior to that, we had many of our own greens and vegetables through the summer and fall, and as our bushes and trees continue to grow, fruit will become on-site as well at some times of the year. We also have our own flock of chickens, a breeding pair of Rouen ducks, and a small covey of quail, so except for the deepest and darkest days of winter, we have more eggs than we need and ended up giving away and selling much of them.
Anotger equally important reason to take all of those things into account is that bad things happen. Layoffs, economic slumps, bubbles weather disasters. These are inevitable parts of the lives, regions, and nations we live in. As an individual, whether you accept it or not, you have a responsibility to harden and protect yourself and your family against those threats with effective counterneasures based on the most likely problems you may face.
Ok, I believe I am done here. From here on out, it will be just me sharing and ejecting whatever thoughts or issues are crossing my plate, possibly including, from time to time, projects from the “homestead”. Thank you for reading this far, and constructive and interesting comments and shared experiences are welcome.