Multi-generational Corporate Servitude

24 11 2008

Look at this picture.  A man’s family served GM for generations (300 combined working years) and now the dream of being cared for by a massive corporation has backfired.  Who’s fault is it?  Someone has to say it so this cycle ends.  It is the fault of this man and his family.  Men, it is your job to take care of your family not some cooperation’s job.  picture-18You should be saving money, investing and building resources in your family for your family that your family controls for the ongoing provision of your family.  I don’t know where this crazy myth of abdecating your responsibility to provide for your family to a corporation began but it needs to end.  If you have a job then you are being paid for services rendered, not guaranteed multi-generational security.  Once you receive that paycheck you and the company are even.  They don’t owe you anything.  They owe a return to stock holders not you.  If you want financial security save and invest.  Welcome to capitalism.  Why in the world are we perpetuating this myth by training kids to be life-long indentured servants to a ever changing list of nameless stock holders and their families.  If you love your family and you want to live in a capitalistic economy become an investor and hold real estate, stocks and other investments.  If you want the government, a corporation, or your parents to take care of you then your putting your family’s security on a time bomb waiting for it to blow up.

***Update*** It appears my post has created more heat than light and for that I apologize.  Let me make explicit what I’m saying and what I’m NOT.

I’m making only 2 points –

1. It is a timeless principle that providing for your family is every man’s job and he should not shift that responsibility to anyone else be it a union, a corporation, a stock market or another member of the family (1 Timothy 5:8).

2. It is critical for men who happen to live in a capitalistic economy (like the United States) to understand that the economy gives a tremendous advantage to those with capital (liquid assets).  That is why it is called capitalism and not laborism or socialism.  I have VERY mixed feelings about the wisdom of building an economy on capital but that is where I live.  That is why the government will instantly bail out the capital markets but hesitate to bail out the auto industry.  If you lead and provide for a family AND you live in a capitalistic economy then save money and invest.  If this man’s family would have saved 5% of their income and invested they would all be multi-millionaires now.  Its ridiculous that it’s that simple but again, welcome to capitalism.

What I’m NOT saying –

1.  That it’s bad to work in the labor force your whole life.  If you can find a great job at a great wage in the labor force go for it BUT save 5-10% of your money and invest it because relying on labor in a capitalistic economy is dangerous.

2. That this man and his family are bad.  They’ve been taught a myth that my kids, even in 2008, are being taught in school.  We need to teach kids the nature of capitalism and show them that the majority of their life long income should come from investments.  Instead we train kids to be dependent for life on corporate jobs.  Every child who buys this myth will be less secure than their parents were.

On a side note, I LOVE multi-generational family teams.  I have a blog dedicated to multi-generational family teams.  It is precisely because I felt so badly for this man and his family that I wrote this post.  I can’t stand to see a family that worked hard together, stayed together and passed on great traditions be left with nothing.  It breaks my heart and angers me.  This did not have to happen.

The Great Commission in One New Sentence

17 11 2008

I think the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-21) lays out a very clear mission and method for discipleship but everywhere I go it seems people are ceaselessly asking the question “how do Christian grow and mature”.  Such as the latest post on David Fitch’s blog under that title.

So, since we seem to often miss the practical nature of the Great Commission, I want to boil it down:

Go to all nations = continual, world-wide expansion

Make disciples = initiate a systematic, clear, repeatable discipleship process

Baptizing them = death to self and resurrection into a devoted trinitarian community

Teaching them to obey = training

Everything I have commanded you = comprehensive

So if you want to see Christians “grow and mature” why not try this:

Create a clear, systematic, repeatable, comprehensive discipleship training process for those who have died to themselves and been resurrected with Christ baptizing them into a devoted trinitarian community and repeat until we disciple all the nations on Earth.

Since we’ve tried everything else and it hasn’t worked, lets try Jesus’ idea for a change.

5-fold Ministry Appreciation Sorter

13 11 2008

If you feel a special call by God you may have realized you’ve received one of the 5-fold gifts from Ephesians 4 – Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teacher but which one?  In my never-ending attempt to find ridiculous generalizations for these 5 here’s another.

  • Apostles have an unusual appreciation for white boards
  • Prophets have an unusual appreciation for off color humor
  • Evangelists have an unusual appreciation for unique pubs and exotic coffee shops
  • Pastors have an unusual appreciation for comfy homes
  • Teachers have an unusual appreciation for cash back credit cards

Awesomeness Aggregator Part 2

5 11 2008

Top 5 for this week

#5 – Ben Afleck on SNL especially his impersonation of Keith Olbermann (his Alec Baldwin was also excellent).  I almost have it memorized it was that good (watch some Olbermann clips on youtube if you need some context to appreciate the immensity of this satirical achievement).

#4 – CNN’s hologram technology.  This gets me one step closer to being able to be everywhere while never leaving my cave.  Where can I get one?  I’m doing a training in Seattle at 2pm, Boston at 4pm and then play basketball with my daughter at 6.  No introverted Apostolic ministry should be without it.

#3 – Netflix is finally creating Instant Watch movie technology for the Mac.  A year too late but you know what they say about better late…

#2 – Whiteboards for Scripture Memory (the guy in that picture is not me…barely) – Anyone who knows me knows I think whiteboards are an invention up there with the wheel.  I still don’t understand how they work but that’s beside the point.  I have about 7 whiteboards in my office and I’ve set one aside for Scripture memory and another for Words from the Lord.  My goal is to be completely surrounded by the words God is speaking to me when I enter my office.  I love having a clear snap shot of what God is communicating right there for meditation.  This is what I look like working on my whiteboards (Heroes ref.)

#1 – The Heavenly Man Audio – Wow! Wow! Wow!  April and I both listened to all 10 hours in less than 3 days.  I have so much to say about the three day journey I went through listening to this that I cannot begin to lay it out here.  Just do yourself a favor and go download this and start listening and come talk to me about it.

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That’s what I got, what ’bout you?

Putting this Election into a Historical Perspective

5 11 2008

Something all Americans can all be proud of – (HT to 22-words)


Making God my ONLY Source of Life

2 11 2008

Lately I’ve been working on listing all of my sources of life and they are many.  These are the things that make me feel OK about my life or give me comfort or excitement.  They fall into two main categories.

Things that comfort me when I’m drained like:  a good movie, a video game, a snack, a drink, a good work of fiction, a youtube video, an encouraging email (these recharge my battery).

Things that give me a charge of excitement or hope like:  a potential client, a growing disciple, an insightful book, a new purchase etc (these give me a charge forward).

I’ve been cataloging these things because they are the very things that compete with God as a source of life for me.  The whole process of learning to walk with God, worship him and keep in step with the Spirit is learning to steadily and systematically ween oneself off of these broken life support systems and onto God alone.  He should be our ONLY source of life (“When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory”. Col. 3:4)

12 Be appalled at this, O heavens,
and shudder with great horror,”
declares the LORD.

13 “My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken me,
the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water. (Jer. 2)

I see this as one of main purposes of fasting.  Food is the most common source of life across all cultures and all times but we should fast for a period from whatever is giving us life except for God and learn to go to God instead of those other things.  This is the way of developing a holy obsession with God alone.  Once a man can draw life from God alone he has learned the way of Enoch and has discovered a life hidden in God which nothing can match (“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”)

We are thirsty people and we continually need a drink.  Where do you go to find the water of life?

37On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7)