You know I’m always boosting apprenticeships.
There’s something to be said for the more educational toys out there, as well.
(Note: the size of a mini-lathe is larger than the obviously photoshopped image above. Watch the video for more.)
First: A skilled workman can earn really nice money. And I want my kind of Christians to finance a sizeable family comfortably.
Especially as the number of skilled machinists start to relentlessly age out, right across the West.
In Japan, Korea, and China too.
Can you smell money for the next generation of skilled, committed Christians?
Building the Kingdom of God – starting with your family, and your local congregation – is not free. Capital is required.
And it would be extremely wise to shun the Free Money offered by our smiling politicians.
That means we must earn our money. As God expects us to.
Second: The Compassionate Ones prefer low-salary high-status clean fingernail jobs — teaching, say — to high-salary low-status dirty hands jobs. I prefer them out of my workplace, where I will spend 30%+ of my lifetime.
As they lack the assured and unquestioned self-righteousness of Our Betters, there’s more spiritual hope for the run of the mill worker-sinners as well. With so few young workers out there, you want your people to be spiritually sound, reliable, and of good character: some kind of Bible study would be good, if you as the shop owner *cough* can pull it off.
Also: hire homeschooled kids who stuck with the program, and takes pride in their work.
This man takes pride in what he does, is very skilled, and is a successful independent businessman. Also, he has a YouTube channel that I — and lots of other people — like to watch.
(A.k.a. another income stream. Also, a good buff to name recognition.)
Learn from the best. Then, push on to higher ground.
It’s why I like to mention the Jews. They set the standard of top-tier scholarship we must match, and then surpass.
But unlike the pro machinist above1, the Orthodox Jews are also into marriage, and lots of kids.
Not just one generation of excellence. And not just three or four generations – which is what God gives to the wicked.2
Thousands of generations is the name of the game, just as God promised to the righteous in the first commandment.
1I wish more Christians had the desire for excellence and discipline the machinist has, by the way. We would at least start moving into the winner’s circle!
2Quoted from The Biblical Structure of History: Conclusion to Part 1, by Gary North
History is linear: beginning, development, end. The Bible teaches this. But history is more than linear. It is progressive. Things get better over time because there is greater obedience to His ethical laws over time. Covenant-breakers participate in this improvement, but only in terms of this principle: “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just” (Proverbs 13:22).
The key to progress in history is God’s system of sanctions: positive and negative. He brings positive sanctions to covenant-keepers who obey him. He brings negative sanctions against covenant-breakers who disobey him. This was stated clearly in the Ten Commandments. “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments” (Exodus 20:4–6). Moses was speaking of generations. When he said thousands, He meant thousands of generations, just as he meant the third and fourth generation of those who hate Him.
There is a progressive differentiation over time between covenant-keepers and covenant-breakers. Each group gets increasingly consistent with its presuppositions as time rolls on. People in each group better understand the implications of their presuppositions. God’s system of historical sanctions rewards those covenant-keepers whose behavior becomes more consistent with their presuppositions. This is taught in Deuteronomy 28:1–14.
Humanists reject this theory regarding the structure of history. There are two major forms of denial: the power religion and the escape religion. The power religion is based on this faith: victory in history is based on the accumulation of political power. It worships the state. This was the motivation of the rulers of the Near Eastern empires, Alexander’s empire, and the Roman Empire. Daniel taught in three places that each of these empires will perish. The fourth kingdom will be replaced by the fifth and final kingdom. This is God’s kingdom. (See Chapter 13:C.) In contrast, the escape religion retreats into obscurity in order to avoid confrontation. We find adherents of the escape religion inside churches.
It’s time for dominion religion: men exercising authority in a righteous and just manner. And with this authority — in the Body of Christ, at Home, and in the Judicial Courts — only and consistently in ways that God authorizes, as limited and directed by His Law-word and His Holy Spirit.
As opposed to the will of powerful men, be they Mighty Leaders with Armies, or publicity-shunning bureaucrats who want the power without the fame… or the personal responsibility.