Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Christian economics

The Kingdom of Heaven is a Church and a State, and a world.

Talk is cheap, and actions speak louder than words. The gospel cannot be merely preached - the gospel must be embodied if it is to be the true Gospel.

Only after we have fed everyone, so that there is no hunger anywhere-

Only after we have provided shelter, safety, and a sense of belonging to everyone, everywhere-

Only after we have empowered children of all ages to listen to their hearts and sing and dance and laugh and freely love-

Only after we have educated everyone everywhere with the knowledge of how to live in mutually profitable harmony with Mother Nature and one another-

Only after we have actively and successfully reached out to all ethnicities, religions, and peoples, with a dedicated willingness to include them, to honor them, to learn from them, to forgive them and ask forgiveness from them - indeed, to acknowledge them as an integral part of us-

Only after all this has been accomplished may we legitimately concern ourselves with preaching the Gospel. These are the prerequisites for any missionary work - preaching the Gospel to a dying world without committing to its healing is like putting the cart before the horse. If Christianity wants a receptive audience, we need to invest in keeping our audience alive and unresentful, one would think.

Until the vast resources of Christianity are utilized for the benefit of all life on Earth, evangelism is hypocritical. Evangelism without love is not Christian, and any evangelism that does not mandate as a prerequisite the survival and well-being of our planet and all life thereon is not loving, nor even useful.

We must transcend the cheap and easy method of talking the Christian talk and embrace the far more difficult, indeed terrifying and materialist-renouncing path of walking the Christian walk.

Give a man a fish, and feed him for a day. That's no answer.

Teach a man to get a job and buy fish, make a slave of him, and his children, and his children's children. That's no answer either, for now he's too busy, and too destitute, to go out and learn to fish on his own. Not only is he kept from his birthright, the knowledge of how to fish, but now his time, is no longer even his own. He must now work for mammon if he is to be a provider of fish. We must free ourselves from mammon's chains.

Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime. This is our answer. We must learn to fish.  Or garden, in this case.  Gardening must be the focus of public education.  That's our angle - that's how we transform the world.

   We can no longer afford to work merely for money, because working for money keeps us ignorant of how to fish, and keeps us enslaved to mammon. We cannot afford to work for nothing, either: we must labor with the intention of investing our resources in learning how to fish. We are running out of time; we must work hard and diligently for the benefit of all beings if we are to survive. Working solely for money honors materialism without honoring spirit, and the great spiritual war of our age, the defining conflict of this era, is the conflict between the Kingdom of Heaven and mammon's empire. This war is already won, and we have roles to play as limbs of the body of Christ in order to fulfill prophecy and move harmoniously into a new era.

Talk is cheap, and internet blogs are even cheaper-

The most pragmatic and economical way to exit the dire financial, political, strategic, and environmental situation we find ourselves in is to profit from a highly successful marketing strategy that successfully promotes gardening as the focus of public education.  If we can't grow our own food then we're not educated. 

The Asylum Project aims to popularize sustainable living by broadcasting the story of a traveling soup kitchen/music festival/permaculture school/interfaith worship caravan.

If this broadcast, and this traveling soup kitchen, is a legitimate nonprofit entity with 501(c)3 tax-deductible status, it could well become a high-revenue enterprise, earning enough to hire thousands of employees, who get job training skills to go out and promote sustainability.


We've got a few Buddhist monks, some Native American medicine people, yogis, capoeristas, evangelical Christians and Rastafari all working together to run a nonprofit soup kitchen that optimizes local food and shelter resources for the benefit of all.

Then we play music. This is a crew with incredible skill-sets: folks who build forests, folks who make bows and arrows, folks who know what the weather will be like by listening to the conversations of birds... folks who guerilla garden, folks who convert diesel engines to veggie oil, mamas, babies, teachers, and children. Dedicated to establishing the Kingdom of Heaven. Here on Earth.

Honestly, if the music is good, and the characters are colorful, and the material is meaningful, educational, and necessary for our planet's survival, wouldn't you be interested?

This broadcast will compete in the open marketplace for the attention of a jaded and cynical viewing public, a public desperate for meaningful purpose, a sense of optimism, and brand-new skillsets(actually, they're ancient skillsets, and have been only briefly forgotten). This broadcast competes with bad Youtube, bad reality TV, bad mainstream media propaganda and bad internet websites, and it wins the devoted attention of...



Friday, April 16, 2010

American Dream Tour

-the medicine people sent out the runners to tell the warriors of all the nations,
"lay down your weapons, for in the near future a far greater tribe will arise"

A hypothetical documentary - would you watch this program on TV, or the Internet?

A traveling permaculture school, operating out of veggie oil diesel buses, connects with diverse local food resources that fuel a soup kitchen

(if you feed them they will come)

the soup kitchen keeps the musicians alive, who express their gratitude with hard work
and rock n roll

the soup kitchen is run by interfaith volunteers: practicing meditators, yoga teachers, Christian ministers, Native American water pourers and firekeepers, Rastafari, and anyone else who feels the call

The soup kitchen hits the road (without burning fossil fuel), exploring new ecologies, learning new ways of connecting to local food resources, doing it over and over again in new bioregions to spread the message, share the vision, and plant the seeds of a new kind of 'civil'-ization

This is a permaculture school: the only thing left behind when the bus leaves is compost, herb gardens, newly planted trees, and good vibes, along with the profound understanding that all religions can and must work together if we are to survive and thrive on our priceless spaceship planet

The school promotes - as a possibility, an opportunity worthy of consideration-

an easy to memorize, five-point political vision backed by interfaith solidarity:

the return of the Horse Nation

the return of the Buffalo Nation

the return of the Hemp Nation

the return of the Sail Nation

the return of the Rail Nation

This is the American Dream

- Would you watch this program? Would you pay attention? Would you learn?

If - and its a big if, we know - if the music consistently rocked, and the characters were consistently wild characters, and the dancing girls were consistently out of this world - if the program was as entertaining as it was educational, if it was well shot and well edited and well thought out and well organized and generally well done - would you be interested in keeping it well funded? Would you invest in a nonprofit entity dedicated to a global broadcast of this program, as though the future of your children and your children's children depended upon it?

(Because it does)