Monday, June 20, 2005

Lets Build Agrarian Culture

Lets face it, most people we talk to that hear the word "agrarian" snicker, roll their eyes and say something really stupid like "so, you think everybody has to live on a farm?" Our critics underestimate us and our ability to think. The common idea that industrialists have, is that there can be no legitimate alternative system to the one they worship. The very thought that there might be a political, social and economic system that is more biblical, and more common sense for that matter, is completely foreign to them. They suffer from "chronological snobbery" when it comes to ideas. Every new technology is the one to bring salvation to mankind, no matter how many lives it destroys. But as they laugh at us, they fail to notice that their own culture and system is taking its last breaths. It withers and begins to die without its advocates even knowing. Quietly and deliberately we agrarians are building a new world, right next to the old. You may wish to read the thoughts of Franklin Sanders on this idea of building the new next to the old. As we build local communities, their cities crumble and decay. As we grow our families, they kill the unborn and practice the filthy, self centered act of "birth control". As we forge ahead, they declare that we are moving backward. But we know this a lie, a rotten lie. The future is an agrarian one. I will end this post with the words of Chad Degenhart. This is from an essay titled The Lament of a Repentant Capitalist, and the Hope of Christian Agrarianism.

The hope of Christian agrarianism rests in a sovereign God who is able to use his church to accomplish his goals. It rests in a faithful God who keeps his promises, and enables us to accomplish what He calls us to do. And it rests in a merciful God, who justifies, sanctifies, and will eventually glorify those of us who most assuredly do not deserve it, all for his own glory. It is that glorious future that we labor towards, not some long-dead past. That future is an explicitly Christian, agrarian society that seeks to be faithful as stewards of God's garden, and honors God's Law in all of its institutions and individual actions.


At 6/20/2005 5:51 PM, Blogger Herrick Kimball said...

Well Put Scott.

At 6/20/2005 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott, this is just getting better and better. Thanks much!!

Tom Scepaniak, Minn


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