“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson
Monday, March 23, 2009
What is Biblical Agrarianism
The other day I was talking to someone about the move back to Biblical Agrarianism that is taking place among Christians across the country. They didn't understand what I was talking about because today when most people think of farming they think of the vast commercial farms across the country. Their response was oh you can't possible farm for a living. Well, no not right now and maybe not ever. That is not our purpose nor our goal. What is Biblical agrarianism? It is a return to the order and plan of God. You see when God placed Adam in the garden of Eden, Adam was to keep and dress the garden. After the fall Adam was sent forth from the garden to "till the ground from whence he was taken". So God's order was for Adam and his descendants to be tiller's of the ground, or simply farmers. Why? Was it to make billions of dollars and ship food all around the world? No, it was to provide for their own needs, work with their own hands and by the sweat of their own brow. This was the beginning of God's order and God's order continued through agrarian ventures from there. Living according to God's order calls us to be seperate from the idustrialist, consumer driven world. So those of us in this move towards a more Biblically ordered life are stepping outside of society, outside of mainstream, and outside of man's traditions. We are going back to the order of God. In understanding that we are the descendants of the House of Israel, we see throughout history how the tribes kept to the agrarian life up until the past couple of hundred years. We do get quite a bit of criticism and skepticism, which is to be expected from those who don't understand and are still totally dependant on the industrialist consumer life. However, we have the peace and the happiness to keep us going when the world ridicules and mocks. Like the homesteaders and farmers of old we are planting seeds for future generations, giving something to the future rather than the traditional idea of living in the now off of the future generations. What modern industrialism has done is to steal the future of the children and grandchildren. Biblical agrarianism is giving something back. Jesus Christ taught us that we are to be in the world, but not of the world and those following the order of God are doing just that. May God bless you in your journey.