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Tuesday, October 21, 2008


In God's economy, simplicity is the key.....obey God and receive blessing, disobey God and receive cursing. It's that...well....simple!

The agrarian lifestyle is a great example of this. Now, when I say agrarian, many people think about the Amish or some other "live off the land" group of people. This is not necessarily true. The Dominion Mandate, I believe, applies to every area of life, including electronics and other just plain cool gadgets that have extremely practical uses. The agrarian model can be applied to this also. When I say agrarian, I mean a culture where the father is the responsible head of the home. The home is the center of entrepreneurship and industry. The family works together under the leadership of the father to the honor and glory of God.
Now the industrial lifestyle is the exact opposite. The family is dis-jointed and divided. The father rarely, if ever, works from the house and he's far to busy to fulfil his God-ordained role as the head of his household. The mother may work outside of the home, also. These are the trademarks of an industrial culture. The greatest illustration of this is the Industrial Revolution, which did more to undermine the traditional Christian family than any other event in History.

Due to all the various taxes and government programs, it's difficult or impossible to provide for a family, much less a large family, by the fruit of the land in our day. Most people are forced to provide for their families by the industrial system. In the days of our forefathers, a man could easily provide for his family with just "forty acres and a mule".

How far we have come! I often find myself wishing that we had that same farm economy of yesteryear. Imagine how much simpler life would be. No cell phones, no computers, no CDs....Ok, sorry. One thing's certain, we'd have very few health problems and wouldn't have any issues with obesity because everyone would have to do manual labor in order to survive.
Back then, they were only worried about if it was going to rain tomorrow, not things like if they would have a decent wireless internet connection half the day.

Even though technology progression has caused many issues connected with traditional agrarianism to become irrelevant, there are some basic presuppositions that our ancestors believed which we can adopt to modern day USA, as we seek to take dominion.
In the next several posts, I will seek to address several issues that are contrary to popular culture, which were fundamental, universally accepted truths and are applicable to our lives today.

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Blogger Ana Smith said...

Ahhh...yes, simplicity. I am way too attached to my modern toys. They sure do have a way of "mysteriously" eating away my time:

I love the agrarian model for it's family focus. The father is a wonderful glue for family structure.

Can't wait for the rest of the series. :-)

October 21, 2008 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Ana Smith said...

Thanks so much for the comment on my post. It inspired another one:

October 21, 2008 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Thanks for the comment(s)!

Always glad to be an encouragement!

"The father is a wonderful glue for family structure. "

Great point. I would go one step further and say that the father is the only glue for the family structure, in the role of a governing head.

October 22, 2008 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

It is so sad how far we have gone astray. I very often find myself wishing that we could go back in time. People just have no idea what simplicity is anymore, and they sure don't know how to take their time on anything. Folks need to slow down, hug their kids, and go plant a tomato plant!

October 23, 2008 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Thanks for the comment, Jess, and welcome to my blog.
As an old bluegrass song goes, "Georgia mules and country boys are fading fast away".

"Folks need to slow down, hug their kids, and go plant a tomato plant!"

And to that I add a hearty Amen!

October 23, 2008 at 8:56 AM  

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