A Practical Strategy to Address the Current Crisis  
by Brad Sherman

A plug and play program anyone can use!

Facing the Deception

A friend of mine once said, "It takes more than a good speech."  He was referring to how we address the current freedom crisis and the decline in godly values in our culture. It is deception to think we can talk (or write) problems away. Our talking and writing must lead to real action.  James addressed this deception when he said, "...be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  ...faith without works is dead." (James 1:22; 2:20)


The simple fact is, to make a difference we need to roll up our sleeves and do some real work. Though there may be some who simply don't like work, I believe there are plenty of people willing to work if they had a simple effective strategy. But effective work requires effective strategy. What follows is an introduction to just such a strategy. Please read on.


Why We Have a Crisis

I will assume you already know we have national crisis on our hands, so I won't go into the state of things. But do you know why?


Hosea 4:6 says, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." We are literally facing national destruction because of a lack of knowledge. James Madison was in agreement with Hosea when he said: "A well instructed people alone can be permanently free."  


George Mason said, "If free people do not examine their liberties and how they were obtained, they risk losing these rights." We are in a freedom crisis because "we the people" no longer possess the knowledge that produces freedom. We have forgotten the principles that made us free and as a result, our freedoms and the American way of life literally hangs in the balance.

The Solution
The founders understood what a freedom crisis was and how to deal with it. Jefferson put it this way:


"I know of no safe depositor of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power."
- Thomas Jefferson 

The solution is simple, educate the people. It is the only true corrective for constitutional abuse. But how? We have an educational system in our nation that, not only fails to educate with the principles of freedom, but is generally teaching the exact opposite!

Preaching to the Choir
Since becoming aware of the Christian foundations of our nations more than 30 years ago, I have consistently taught my church accordingly and have published articles from time to time. A few years ago, to further address this lack of knowledge, I started doing educational seminars here in Iowa, as well as some in Missouri and Minnesota. I have also been involved in other organizations that expend their resources almost entirely on informing people regarding issues and where candidates stand on issues. Though these efforts have been beneficial and people are inspired and more informed, I have experienced two frustrations.


First, I realized that most of those attending were already on board. In other words, we have been largely "preaching to the choir." The other frustration is the cause of the first. After we "inspire the choir", we typically leave them hanging without a plan of action. An informed and inspired person is ready to engage the crisis and needs an immediate avenue of action. Without this, the energy and zeal that has been generated soon begins to fade and our base does not grow.  We need a plan.

The Plan
Because we have been primarily speaking to the same people, our educational efforts have required newer and deeper knowledge to keep them involved. Yet the deeper the knowledge, the narrower the band of people we reach because a greater volume of knowledge is harder to process and pass along to others.  


We need a simple reproducible plan designed to reach a wider band of people with a smaller amount of critical information. The Knowledge Is Power Project is such a plan. It is a "boots-on-the-ground" grassroots strategy designed to reach beyond "the choir" to inform and enlist new people for the cause of freedom.  


It is one thing to distribute knowledge through lectures and literature, but quite another to get people to listen or read it. This strategy works first by creating a desire for knowledge. Our technique involves the use a brief survey to create curiosity. Then we satisfy the curiosity by providing the answers to the questions in the survey, usually in the form of a free booklet. It is simply human nature: people always want to know how they did on a "test." People often begin to read the booklet immediately.  


There is more to the strategy, including follow up, developing a database of new people, etc. The goal is to, not only educate, but to identify and activate those who will join the cause. If we do not grow, we die.

The Content
The content is critical. The booklet with the answers is designed to be brief yet plant the seeds of knowledge that will produce hunger for more knowledge. It addresses the demise of freedom, the importance of knowledge, the source of our rights, excessive taxation, the Second Amendment, the constitutional form of government, separation of church and state, public morality and more.  


Our pilot survey showed that people are woefully uninformed on these issues. However, these basic principles of freedom are not complicated and people grasp them quickly. With this strategy and the tools we have developed, learning these principles and passing them on is something most anyone can do. Jefferson said,


"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. And it requires no very high degree of education to convince them of this. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."    


- Thomas Jefferson


Please read the Freedom Quiz book (a free online version is available on our website at www.knowledgeispowerproject.com ) and ask yourself: "What if these basic truths were restored to America?"

Taking Action
Imagine this basic concept multiplying exponentially. Using this method, how many minds could be opened to receive this knowledge? Thousands? Maybe Millions! This is possible because the process is simple, reproducible, and the amount of knowledge is not overwhelming.  


If freedom in America is to survive, it will be because freedom-loving people learn how to sustain it and take action. Someone once said, "If we fail to plan, we plan to fail." But the reverse is also true. If we plan our work and work our plan, who knows how God may use us!


I invite you to join us and let's get started restoring foundational knowledge to the people. Please go to our website for resources and more information about this unique plug and play strategy. Then contact us for more information about starting this project in your church, civic group or community!  

Email: kipp@getpurpose.org

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The Freedom Quiz is presented by The Knowledge Is Power Project is grassroots educational strategy restoring the foundations of freedom. Learn more at KnowledgeIsPowerProject.com