Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Family Business

   There is an economic principle you are probably unaware of. And it's costing you. It isn't taught in schools.  You may not even hear it from "Prosperity" teachers.  The Media and Advertising are more than happy to keep you blissfully ignorant of it.
   You know the Bible warns us not to be conformed to this world? Or that the Beast system wants its mark on your hand or forehead?  Did you think the Devil chose those body parts randomly? Listen, you and I have been taught, trained to think in a certain way. To see ourselves a certain way, to behave in a certain way. And this is a way that is not good for us, but very good  for those who would exploit us.
   You ready? Here it is: A FAMILY IS A BUSINESS. That doesn't exactly sound earth-shattering, but if you don't know it, you can't profit from it, and you can be kept down. Have you ever wondered why a couple needs a license to get married? It's because the new entity they are creating- the family, the household, is a business. 
    You say, "Yeah, some families have a home business."  and perhaps you are diligent to support small businesses and local family-owned trades. I applaud you for that! Keep it up, it's the right thing to do.
   But what I want you to see is that we have been deceived. We've been lied to, and we bought the lie. From the time we were kids in school we've been told that we are consumers.  Not producers, not savers, not investors, but  consumers.  And we believed it. Why would our Social Studies teacher lie to us, right? They labelled us "CONSUMERS"  and we accepted it, and we became that. That's why two of every three families in America are buried in Credit Card Debt.  And we continue to consume despite racking up enormous debt through unfair and unethical interest rates and fees.
   This needs to stop!!! We need to stop calling ourselves what they call us, "consumers" , and see ourselves as and become producers. Now most families, it is true, don't own any land.  Maybe you live in an apartment, or condo, or a house with less than an acre of land. Maybe you can't have a garden or raise chickens or whatever.  But every household is a business.  Even if you don't produce anything yourselves, you still bring in income from your jobs.
   And we all think that when we go to work, we're working for the Company, not for ourselves. We need to change that thinking. Our take-home pay is to run our households. Not just to buy more stuff and consume more goods, but to increase our assets and become more profitable, to build up equity. Many families today just want to break even or keep their heads above water.....well they never will as long as they have that consumer attitude.
   I wish someone had told me this forty or thirty years ago, even twenty years ago! Sometimes individuals dream of becoming successful as a person, but how many think of becoming successful as a household, or as a family? Let's turn back to the beginning: God placed Adam & Eve in the garden "to dress it and to keep it", not just to eat the fruits thereof without putting any effort into it. Nor did He place them there to labor constantly with no reward, but "every man shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree".  God ordained that each household should have means of production and be fruitful.
   The world seeks to undermine that and keep us ignorant. The motto on the Connecticut state flag is "Qui transtulit sustinet"; why did they write it in Latin? Why not put it in our common language so common folks would know and understand that He who transplants sustains, or he who gets off his butt and invests in his household will survive!
   Read the Old Testament miracles and episodes of divine intervention. How many of them were to get a family established, or back on their feet? Remember the prayer of Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:10) "Oh, that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!"  Now that sounds like a selfish prayer, but we are told plainly, God granted him his request. Why? Because that's the way it's supposed to be!
   Everything in our current system is rigged to keep all the wealth in the hands of a select few while the rest of us never get ahead. The first thing is that they've brain-washed us into seeing ourselves as merely consumers.  Friends, it's time to renew our minds! I'm telling you this because I wish someone had told me!
   Think about it!
   If we truly want to take our country back, and make it great, it must begin here, with changing our mindset  toward the home and the family! We cannot let the culture dictate how we live. The Beast wants to brand our right hands (work, productivity) and our foreheads (frontal lobes, i.e. reason, logic, judgement) with their stamp. A nation is only as strong as her families.Take our households back, and we will take our country back.
Until next time, Peace.