Even Chickens Praise Our Lord
If you've been a Christian Agrarian for very long, you know that much of what you say about "any old thing" tends to earn you puzzled looks from other folks. American Christians ain't much for rocking the boat. Many people would be fine letting us live like "darn fools" and leave us alone, if it wasn't for the fact that we believe our position on how to live is more biblical than theirs. I often get the 5th degree on sustainable vs industrial agriculture from fellow Christians. You really think its more biblical to let chickens scratch the dirt and see the sunlight? What's wrong with "taking dominion over hogs" by locking them in little crates and keeping them on concrete? Those are good questions! I think the answer depends on how you view the relationship between God and His creation. In the bible we are told that after creating all things God declared them good. God made no mistakes when He made.... the chicken for example. God made chickens to live outdoors and eat bugs and grass. He made them so the would follow herbivores and scratch out the fly larva, thus improving the life of the herbivore. God made hogs to dig and root. The scriptures tell us that He made grass for the cattle to graze. It is important to remember that God created all things for his Gory. That's right, a scratching chicken Glorifies the Lord. In the Psalms we read(and sing...hint hint) that creation itself praises the Lord. Rocks, mountains, birds, rivers and more all praise and glorify God by their very existence. Most people enjoy watching a scratching hen more than they do watching one in a wire cage. We were created in the image of God, which I believe explains why. Call me a nut case, but when I see a group of cows grazing or a momma hen and her brood scratching in the sun, I can't help but think of how these animals and all their wonderful habits praise our Mighty King Jesus. If we spent as much time learning ways to let the habits and gifts of our animals help us than we do fighting against the God given traits of our little servants, life in the countryside wouldn't be half as stressful.