The consistency of the Teacher gift across many different cultures is quite a tribute to the creative work of God and to the dependability of the redemptive gifts model. So far we have people on four continents who are sure they have identified Chaim as their city. Such fun.
Another consistent factor is the presence of the religious spirit when the Teacher city is not in its full righteous expression. We are seeing this already in the comments people are making. The inability to see the hubris in some comments is both amusing and insulting.
Basically, I have gotten a significant number of communications that say with a huff, “Well! All you have to do is X plus Q times 17 on a Tuesday afternoon. Simple.”
And my response to all you formulaic people is, “So why haven’t you cleaned up your city already, if that is all it takes?”
In dealing with Jerusalem, the ultimate Teacher city, Christ did a fair amount of abstract teaching in the Temple, but the point of contact with the demonic stronghold in the culture was always measurable, verifiable, sustained change – usually healing on the Sabbath.
So we are going to insist on the same metric here. If you have an idea you want to put forward for consideration, be free as long as you are exploring an idea not announcing the finished product. We are very collaborative in seeking the Word of the Lord for a situation.
If you have measurable, verifiable, sustained success that you were involved in (don’t send me video links of someone else’s stuff) you are welcome to step to the front of the line and give us a massive earful. I am quite teachable.
But pompous pronouncements will no longer be approved in the comment section. I think that stuff supports the religious spirit stronghold instead of helping the Kingdom of God, so my handy dandy delete key will be used for spiritual warfare on the grass roots level.
Now, with the grumpies out of the way, let’s talk strategy. There seems to be a very high correlation between mental health admissions and the spiritual climate in a Teacher city.
This index is volatile. If some Christian ministry with a huge religious spirit or some occult rock band comes into town and does an event, you will see admissions spike that same night.
Conversely, a different ministry comes to town with the right spirit and there are suddenly an abundance of empty beds.
We are talking about the involuntary admissions to the governmental mental health system – the people the police pick up and bring in because they wig out on the street.
So Julie, why don’t you work your networks and see if you can find anyone in the health care sector who has connections to those stats. Because mental health has such a high confidentiality factor associated with it, we will only get generalized figures. I doubt you would be able to get a real time bed count, but it might be possible and legal for your inside person to simply say the patient count was stable, up or down.
That would be a very interesting bit of data to track in any Teacher city where people are working, but especially in Chaim since our team is minuscule and we need to drill down to the core of the matter.
If we can track the volatility index, it will give us a better idea of some of the surprising areas where the stronghold is vulnerable.
Copyright October 2015 by Arthur Burk