|I'm wondering if you can help me develop some ethical income streams.
Ever since I graduated from college, I have worked full-time for non-profit social service groups. I have received room and board, but little or no monetary income. I now feel compelled to follow the example of the Apostle Paul in the New Testament, who made and sold tents in order to raise money for his missionary journeys.
Why I am "Dirt Poor"
I have no objection to making money. Since I graduated from college, I have chosen not to, for various reasons I won't go into here. I believe there's something noble about working pro bono publico -- "for the good of the public." I tend to be "all work and no play," but I also tend to work without compensation. That's not a good "business plan." But I'd like to think I've been helping people, and helping myself become a better person. Examples:
My first job out of college was teaching in a small Christian school. The school was affiliated with a small church, where I preached. I received room and board, but no salary for either position.
I nearly single-handedly established a law library for a small Christian wanna-be law school, physically moving vanloads of books while I was studying for the Bar Exam. I also worked for the Legal Aid Society in a volunteer capacity. I was not allowed to obtain a license to practice law because my allegiance to God is greater than my allegiance to the government. I have explained this here:
After passing the Bar Exam and during the time I was reading hundreds of court cases and law review articles in litigation to get a law license, I rented a 12-room house in a bad part of town with a couple of fellow "extremists." We took a couple of rooms upstairs and permitted recovering homeless drug addicts to stay in the remaining rooms. We helped them write résumés, get to job interviews, save up first- and last-month's rent, and stay clean and sober. We had an average of 19 homeless people in our home 24/7, for the better part of a decade. We also served tens of thousands of lunches to the homeless in our dining room, and gave thousands of bags of groceries to neighbors. We got food from grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, and other sources. More people were served than in "competing" agencies with budgets ten times larger. They took government funds; we did not. I did not take a dime in salary, though my extremist colleagues and I always gave ourselves a $5.00 stipend each week to get out of the house and go see a movie (adjusted upward as ticket prices increased).
Despite not having a law license, I have used my legal knowledge to create a dozen non-profit agencies. Here is one. I have never demanded compensation.
I want to set up shop as a "personal coach." I may be more of a "trainer" or "educator" than a "coach." I have tested parts of a mentoring/coaching program at a school called "Future Men." The boys at this school were "troubled" youth, though not criminals. They were not there voluntarily. There was a college-aged mentor for every 2 or 3 boys. I believe the principles in this program are great for everyone. But I can only get the desperate and those threatened with incarceration to go through the program.
Virtually every American 200 years ago went through this program. Every person who signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution went through this program, and they would threaten a sizeable majority of today's Americans with incarceration if they didn't go through this program, because they required it of all children in those days, and most Americans today haven't got a clue what's in the program.
I need help marketing this "home study course" or "coaching program."
I'm hoping to make the program available over the internet. I would just as soon offer it free to any who are interested in it, but now that I have had cancer, I anticipate some medical expenses as life goes on, and it is time to start making some money. I'm dropping out of the "Mother Teresa School of Entrepreneurship." I'm enrolling in the school for "greedy capitalists." I'm hoping you can help me, because I lack skills in this area.
My main desire is not to make a huge income, but to have a huge impact.
I have formed a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization to create this impact. The name of the organization is "Vine & Fig Tree." Here is the "Vine & Fig Tree" worldview:
One way I advance this vision is by appearing before the public in town halls, on radio and television, by running for U.S. Congress every two years:
(I do not accept any campaign contributions. Not from corporations, not from PAC's not from unions, not even from ordinary people like you.)
I have a few other ideas on how to advance the vision and make some money.
But again, my desire is not to live in a swanky house and drive a luxury car. I want to change the way people think and restore "Liberty Under God" in America.
My webhosting costs will completely absorb all the money in the bank account of Vine & Fig Tree by the end of the year.
I'm hoping you can teach me the skills of Internet Marketing to help sell the "Vine & Fig Tree" worldview to people who aren't looking for it yet, but are looking for a way to make sense of their world and become a valuable contributor to the "Vine & Fig Tree" vision and the cause of "Liberty Under God."
Why I am an "Extremist"
Every 4th of July, millions of Americans celebrate a holiday called "Independence Day."
One survey suggests that about 20% of those who watch the fireworks believe that on "Independence Day" America celebrates the freeing of the slaves.
To achieve this goal, they risked "our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."
If the government described in the Declaration of Independence -- a comparatively powerless Christian monarchy -- was a "tyranny," then today's government is an atheistic dictatorship of unimaginable proportions.
A true American is an "extremist" for liberty, an extremist against tyranny.
Liberty Under God
The ideal enshrined in the Declaration of Independence can be summed up in three words: Liberty Under God. On this philosophy America's Founders built a nation which became the most prosperous and admired nation in the history of the world.
I have risked a great deal to restore "Liberty Under God." In this letter I'd like to ask you to join me.
Most Americans today would not believe that the government in 1776 was a "tyranny." They would not risk anything to abolish it. That government was far more libertarian and Christian than America's government today.
Useless and Unpatriotic Americans
Consider Sam Adams' words:
Do you love wealth more than liberty?
Sam Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, and other members of "The Sons of Liberty" tossed the tea into the Boston Harbor rather than pay a tax of 3 pence per pound. Today Americans pay TEN TIMES that amount on every gallon of gas. Government today takes nearly two-thirds of everything you earn. Why is it that Americans today place so little value on "Liberty?"
Do you fear "the animated contest of freedom?"
Afraid that your involvement in a politically incorrect movement might bring the IRS down on you? Afraid that pure laissez-faire capitalism would cause your government subsidies to dry up, and force you to accept personal responsibility for your entrepreneurial success -- or failure?
Are you a Victim of Educational Malpractice?
Why is it that most Americans today lack the reading comprehension skills to understand the words of the Declaration of Independence, lack the patriotic maturity to embrace the ideas, and lack the moral courage to fight for them?
Answer: we live in an atheistic dictatorship, where it is illegal to teach children in public schools that the Declaration of Independence is really true. Find out more.
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