Judeo-Christian NFTs help Christians to value content and creators to achieve financial independence
...because Christianity’s inevitable catacomb is Blockchain
If you are a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ you might want to know about religious Non-Fungible Tokens and Christian NFTs in particular. Here are some of their added value to your faith:
What can you do with Christian crypto?
With Christian crypto assets, NFTs, you can support Christian content creators, you can donate in secret and you can express your opinion about the value of any content the old way: by the size of your offering.
What’s different from current offerings?
Beyond the fact that in a cashless society it is getting harder and harder to give in secret which is the way our Lord commanded in Matthew 6. Moreover if you donate or offer through a Christian crypto asset, in return for your money you get a Non-Fungible Token as the token of your Christian deed. So your action of offering can find its way back to you. Because if in the future you find yourself in need any brother or sister can buy that NFT from you, also in anonymity, supporting you on the basis of your past offering. Just like it was in the early days of our Church when help among Churches went back and forth.
How Christian Crypto-assets, Non-Fungible Tokens will change the Church?
Guttenberg’s then-new technology, the printing press, changed many things in society, but it had its biggest impact on Christianity. Among many things the printing press made the Bible cheap and available for a lot more believers by time and that fuelled or at least helped the Reformation.
Satoshi’s new-technology, the decentralized ledger aka. Blockchain is changing many things in society, but it will have its biggest impact on Christianity. Among many things blockchain can bring back anonymous offerings, anonymous feedback to content-creators and leaders and most importantly Christian crypto can reinvent secret financial supporting opportunities for our brothers and sisters in persecution all around Christ’s worldly body, the Church.
Our mission is to reach out to Christian content creators to tokenise their content and to call the attention of believers to this new way of offering.
If you agree to have more Christian-content in the form of NFTs you can help in two ways:
1) You can help with your time of subscribing to all or any of our social channels, liking, commenting and sharing our content.
2) And you can help with your offering. Only if the Spirit moves you, you can seed-fund our mission by purchasing any of our prototype Christian NFTs.
Strallendorff Coat of Arms
Scarcity: 12 copies
Marketplace: Opensea Strallendorff Storefront
Creator: Miklos Kadar
NFT technology: Polygon (ERC-1155)
Description: The NFT was created to function as the logo of the Strallendorff project and as a seed-funding vehicle. It was priced to be available for small-size donations.
'Strallendorff' name was selected based on the founders family ancestry and the German meaning of 'Strahlen' = 'to shine' and 'Dorf' = 'village/town' referring to Jesus' parable of "...A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid..." - Matthew 5:14 (KJV)
Strallendorff project logo is based on the family crest of the Strahlendorf (Strallendorf, Stralendorff, Strallendorff) medieval-noble family and loosely based on the Coat of Arms of the German municipality Stralendorf.
Date minted: November 24 2021, 6:27 pm
Queen Bee Wishing the Drone's Throne
Scarcity: 12 copies
Creator: Mishel Bardi
NFT technology: Ethereum (ERC-1155)
Description: This crypto art piece (NFT) is capturing the moment before King David catches sight of Bathsheba and starts getting into the sad and sinful process of committing adultery and murder. The NFT contains unlockable content that collects all related Bible verses (KJV) of the event.
Video description: https://youtu.be/PwBgVcawQiU
Date minted: February 27 2021, 7:40 pm
Why is Blockchain an Inevitable Catacomb of Christianity?
Christianity’s Inevitable Catacomb is Blockchain
As societies gradually become cashless, Christianity is facing the challenge of secular control of finances the way it has never faced before. Blockchain (Decentralised Ledger Technologies) could offer solutions to the Church but few congregations realised the inevitability of this new technology so far.
There are at least two problems with the current digital finances for Christianity:
1) How to give donations anonymously
2) How to maintain financial functionality in the probable case of illegality
1. Giving in secret
According to our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:3–4) when we give we should do it in secret. But the usual digital ways of payments do not offer the type of secrecy Jesus asks. Those who pay the tithe in a western country usually wire the money from their bank account to the church’s. That does not happen in secret at all. The involved banks keep the records of it, all authorities (tax, law enforcement, judicial etc.) register it and finally all financial administrators at the church know about it. (Not to mention our left hand…)
In Matthew chapter 6. Jesus talks about the secrecy of giving before he gives us The Lord’s Prayer. That prayer is told exactly the same way for two thousand years. Why wouldn’t we take his words about ‘giving-in-secret’ just as seriously?
To sense the gravity and actuality of the cashless challenge to churches let’s have a look at the situation in Sweden. In a report Swedish pastors talk about the logistical infeasibility of handling cash the old way. Many bank branches in the Swedish countryside stopped taking cash deposits. So the congregation had to go cashless and start using a mobile app to be able to give money during the service.
Using a credit card or a payment app is just as far away from secrecy as a wire transfer and it is far away from our Lord’s command. Third-parties see and know all details of our transactions. They keep the records and only the ever changing legislation regulates what they can or cannot do with that particular data.
In certain historical situations the data of our religious activities and financial commitments can mean imprisonment or worse.
2. Going underground
Throughout history Christianity has always been persecuted. Unfortunately this has not changed over time and based on the current trends the near future also looks dark for Christians. Harassment of Christians is growing globally. According to Pew Research Christianity is the most harassed religion in the world. But from the point of view of financial controls the scariest fact is that Christians face harassment from governments more often than from social groups.
From theological point of view we can argue about the measures of strength of a church but from political point of view a congregation is as strong as its financials. When governments are turning into persecutors of Christianity the first thing they analyse and hit is the financials of Christian organisations and believers. Analysing our transaction history will tell any persecutor which churches are stronger financially and which believers support the churches the most. So our transaction history will tell our persecutors where to hit first. Whom to persecute or harass first. They can confiscate and seize bank accounts and ban the openings of new ones.
Practically it is hard to regard a church alive without finances. Theologically there is no believer without sacrifices. And in our modern society our thanksgiving sacrifice is predominantly money. So in a cashless society by banning Christians from banking most religious functions would suffer or seize to exist completely.
Where are the digital catacombs?
According to Wikipedia: “…Catacombs are human-made subterranean passageways for religious practice…” Catacombs were the safe places from harassments of our past. The catacomb of our digital age is called blockchain (distributed ledger technology — DLT). A place where we can hide our finances and protect our earthly values. Where Christians can give and accept money in secret without the surveillance and interference of authorities. Where we can sacrifice the way Jesus Christ told us to do so.
Don’t get me wrong I am not advocating for breaking the law or tax evasion. As of today crypto assets are a legal way of giving and accepting donations in most jurisdictions. Also using cryptocurrencies is not a convenient way to manage finances. Just like catacombs were not places to live rather those subterranean chambers were places to survive. And also most blockchain applications are not as simple and user-friendly as online banking. Buying, storing and exchanging cryptocurrencies require learning and practicing a new and complex technology.
But I do say that knowing how to use blockchains and cryptocurrencies is an inevitable step all Christian congregations should take.
If the Holy Spirit inspires you please, start helping your church adopting cryptocurrencies today!
2019.02.26. - Medium post
What added-value can Christian-NFTs bring to the Church?
Express your opinion about any religious content by your money 'without letting your left hand know about it'
Religious NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) and Christian-NFTs in particular can result a braver and truer form of communication between content creators and believers. Selling and purchasing content in the form of NFTs (be it any art forms, written, audio or video teachings) can bring back meaningful relationship between the deliverers and the receivers of Christ's Message. Christian NFTs open the opportunity for Christians to support, offer or donate in secret anonymously.
As Believers of Christ
We need to be able to receive the cleanest possible Word of our Lord from our leaders, preachers, teachers, elders, prophets, etc. And we need to be able to express our reactions to their content just as in the times of our church-fathers. Expressing our reactions not in the form of handshakes, congratulations, likes or comments but in the form of our donations and givings. Our true, transparent, public but anonymous feedback to specific contents by the size of our offerings (or by the lack of it).
As Christian Content Creators
We need to follow the Apostles of our Bible who were financially independent by monetizing their verbal content in the form of spot offerings and donations. But more often receiving money from unknown and many times anonymous, donors city by city. The current form of content monetization (mostly church pastoring) is not anonymous hence not as free and independent as it should be. Such lack of independence from the audiences' opinion changes the clear message of our Lord.
Strallendorff helps Christian content creators to tokenize and hence monetize their content (visual, audio or video) by minting NFTs. Selling Judeo-Christian NFTs can help gaining financial independence for the creators. Financial independence gained through anonymous donors can turn the content braver and closer to our Lord's Word.
Tokenisation helps Christians to give honest feedback to their leaders about specific content by their buyer-behaviour.
What is the roadmap of Strallendorff?
Pre-Seed Phase (resources - 2-3 senior working hours a week)
in 2021 Feb - Conceptualisation, planning and name-giving of the project.
Strallendorff was selected based on the founders vague family ancestry and the German meaning of 'Strahlen' = 'to shine' and 'Dorf' = 'village/town' referring to Jesus' parable of "...A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid..." Matthew 5:14 (KJV)
in 2021 March - Strallendorff produces its first NFT: "Queen Bee Wishing the Drone's Throne"
from 2021 April - preparations (webpage, social channels etc.)
in 2021 Dec - first Strallendorff NFT sales: "Strallendorff Coat of Arms"
Seed-Funding Phase (resources - 20 senior working hours a week)
from 2022 Jan - Personal fundraising, account management
from 2022 April - Sales campaign preparations
from 2022 May - Sales of produced NFTs for seed-funding purposes
Long-term Goals (financed by NFT sales)
Full-time senior resources
NFT minting of well-known preachers and teachers
Proprietary NFT marketplace
(Currently Strallendorff is using secular marketplaces for NFT trade but if the project gets to the appropriate size, Strallendorff intends to become a safe NFT marketplace for Christian communities where Christian creators can sell their content to Christian donors who find value in their NFT. And NFT owners can resell their NFTs to other Christian donors, supporters.)
...In our vision one day all Christian churches will offer NFTs to their congregations as a way of donation...
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