Roughly 1 million of the nation’s poorest people will be cut off SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) over the course of 2016, due to the return in many areas of a three-month limit on SNAP benefits for unemployed adults aged 18-50 who aren’t disabled or raising minor children. These individuals will lose their food assistance benefits after three months regardless of how hard they are looking for work.
One of the harshest pieces of the 1996 welfare law, this provision limits such individuals to three months of SNAP benefits in any 36-month period when they aren’t employed or in a work or training program for at least 20 hours a week. Even SNAP recipients whose state operates few or no employment programs for them and fails to offer them a spot in a work or training program — which is the case in most states — have their benefits cut off after three months irrespective of whether they are searching diligently for a job.
... Cutting off food assistance to poor unemployed and underemployed workers doesn’t enable them to find employment or secure more hours of work.
Source: "Approximately 1 Million Unemployed Childless Adults Will Lose SNAP Benefits in 2016 as State Waivers Expire," by Ed Bolen. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. January 5, 2015.
The time has come.
The time has come to move beyond just talk and working within the status quo political and economic system.
Most of the church was co-opted by the Roman Empire under Constantine I, who was emperor AD 306 to 337. From that point on, the church veered way off course.
While the disciples were in the process of being enlightened by Jesus who was sharing his revelation with them, they would squabble over who was the heir apparent. At one point Jesus said the following to them:
Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister. Matthew 20:25-26
Once the church was co-opted by the greedy and violent Roman Empire, issues of succession, hierarchy, and worldly affairs subsumed the light in Jesus's words. The church became a throwback rather than a light to the world.
The church of Rome seized power and control over the Empire and set up their bishop as the new caesar. The popes exercised, and still exercise, dominion and authority and not because they are serving the last, the lowest, those with the least. The popes have claimed the divine right of apostolic succession flowing from Peter. How ironic since, among other ironies concerning Peter, it was to Peter whom Jesus addressed the following:
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. John 21:15-17
Yet, this has never happened. The church of Rome has never fed the flock of Jesus.
One may think this is referring only to spiritual food; however, James captured the matter as follows:
And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? James 2:16
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:26
Also, Jesus said the following:
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:31-33
And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. Luke 4:4
You will notice that Jesus said, "Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things." We need things for the life of our body. Jesus also said, "Man shall not live by bread alone." Man does live by bread but not by bread alone. We need food.
And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. Matthew 14:14-16
He fed them. He fed their souls and their bodies with what they needed. He did that through the power of God, the Holy Spirit of love, peace, and truth.
Jesus came to turn things upside down while the old priestly class sought to co-opt his church and has done that in large measure.
Therefore, our plan, The Plan, (The Christian Commons Project) in a nutshell, is to feed the lambs and sheep out from under the competitive system, the system based on greed (evil) that is capitalism.
That system and the governments that support it, were, and remain, coercive. The church was never meant to be in such governments. Such governments are where Satan has dominion by definition. The church was always to transcend such worldly coercive institutions.
Now, there are lots of charitable institutions that give handouts. What they handout they mostly obtain from the competitive system (capitalist corporatism), what it is willing, often for appearance sake and bragging rights, to part with. When it feels like turning off the giving, the poor suffer needlessly. Sin is magnified. What we propose is something completely different from what any church we know of has ever attempted.
We intend to develop Real Christian communal farms where the member-workers will share everything as each has real need and the surplus will go to spreading the Church, feeding the needy, all in accordance with the scripture. We will make it our prime directive to grow other such farms. The point will be to displace evil in the world with the giving-and-sharing-all spirit. There will be real democracy in the workplace (a place to be in full-time worship) and which democracy for Real Christians, in truth, is consensus around the Gospel message. We will worship by working the will of God in every job and in everything we do.
Of course, such communities, such communes, will do a great deal more then simply raise food. Everything the people need will eventually be produced (through God) by the network of communes. They will be ecological and as self-sufficient as possible.
As we point out in the work There Is No Such Thing as a Conservative-Republican Christian: Jesus is a small-c communist, there are other churches and denominations that have come close to this enough to prove it works. The difference will be in that we intend to grow it. We will proselytize, whereas others traditionally have not but have rather kept to themselves out of fear of persecution.
First things first
We don't have an office, phones, or funding for a staff or place for a volunteer/member staff. We want to make this effort our fulltime, life's work. To do that, we'll have to have assistance from those who want Jesus's real plan to be brought forth, his plan for giving and sharing in the love he showed, the love he meant when he spoke of the New Commandment.
The Real Liberal Christian Church movement must at first raise enough to support core personnel to work at continued growth fulltime.
No one ought to expect or want to be rich in the worldly sense in the Real Liberal Christian Church. That's not what we are about. A worker deserves his or her wages as Jesus said, but workers for God don't need much. Jesus didn't shun basic creature comforts, but he wasn't about getting them. He made clear the priorities. He practiced what he preached. He sought righteousness, and the other things were added to him from God whom Jesus didn't doubt. We will endeavor not to stray from that. This ministry is about serving, not about making multimillionaire preachers.
We will want to continue and to boost our Internet campaign. That will require funding.
Along with for those fundamentals, we are saving toward farmlands and equipment and materials, etc.
Following the New Commandment means feeding the lambs and sheep in spirit and body as we've said above. The best way to start right now on a sustainable basis is to form and run Real Liberal Christian Church farming communes, organic farmland growing healthy food planted by dedicated, environmentalist Christians, living on the land, holding the farms in common, who will work to spread that method for feeding all the lambs and sheep: Children of God.
This is a real-liberal plan (no trick) by which we may all stand. "But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand." Isaiah 32:8
Real liberal is a blessing, a noble thing, the opposite of churlish (wicked).
This is not to be to the exclusion of believing in the miracle power of God to bring forth as was done through Jesus filling five thousand with five loaves and two fishes with more left over than was started with. In fact, that's the point. God adds to those who work in faith. It's where "unscientific" faith comes in, faith beyond money and human technology.
For a more detailed discussion, read the applicable sections of the work There Is No Such Thing as a Conservative-Republican Christian: Jesus is a small-c communist.
It will take giving from many to be able to acquire useable farmland and the things needed to produce food and to sustain the communes. We will need to reach the many and move their hearts, to soften their hearts for the sake of righteousness.
This plan will develop as more and more people join in to help.
We may start with a small-scale farm (as small as five acres) to develop a prototype to scale up. The size at which we begin and the rate at which we scale up will depend upon funding and the expertise and experience of our membership.
We will strive to keep this website up to date with the plan and developments.
It's up to you to help bring forth what being a Christian was always supposed to be about.
Donate to this most worthy of causes (Jesus's cause).
Tithe or better if you are able, if the Holy Spirit gives you to do it, moves your heart to have the real faith to do it. Let us together bring forth the Christian Commons.
Please click the button right now, and be as generous as you can. Thank you, and may God bless us all.