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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Simplicity: Blessing Of Land

I'm not sure I quite understand this principle, but I know it's got significant implications.

In the movie Tall Tale, a land grabber comes to a small western town and attempts to buy everyone's land, offering an exorbitant sum of $20 an acre. As all the other farmers sell their land, the main character's father refuses to be bought out. "That land is where my fathers are buried, where my children were born", he says. "And that's worth more to me than $20 an acre".

For generations land has been considered an inheritance. In Joshua 13-19, God refers to the promised land as Israel's inheritance. At the beginning of creation, man was designed to till the ground. Land is very important because whoever owns the land has a lot of clout. There's only so much dirt.
The violation of home and land is what our ancestors fought against for centuries. In Scotland there is a piece of land near the town of Kilmarnock, that the Boyd's owned for over 200 years. This was their "wee bit hill and glen", what they fought and died for.
Douglas Southall Freeman, the great Southern writer once said,
"I think the American people lose a large part of the joy of life because they do not live for generations in the same place".

How true! And how sad!

What's the longest you've lived in one place? For me, that's 10 years. 10 short years!

Notice how the fast paced American life is so contrary to the old way. In Deuteronomy 28, the great "blessing and cursing" chapter, God is establishing his covenant with Israel. One of the top three curses, in verse 18, is God cursing the fruit of the land.

In America, we not only forget those who have come before us, and slaughter our children, we disregard the land, God's gift to us as an inheritance to our children.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Son3 said...

Amen!

My family has moved many times in my life, and we've been places where we were more than content, but I've never felt more free than on our farm we now own.

Great post, Stephen!

December 3, 2008 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Samuel B. Turley said...

Stephen,

Great post! The principle of the dominion mandate and property ownership has largely been lost in our culture. I think that this has contributed, among other things, to our mudslide economy. No longer is there a centralised community that buys local and lives close to the land where the small individual economies flourish. Rather, everybody up and moved to the city predominantly in the mid 1900's, collapsing the Little Man and destroying the local economic and communal structure of rural America; this has slowly led, in my opinion, to the collapse of the national economy. I have to, of course, draw the connection of Northern industrialisation verses Southern agriculture, two cultures diametrically opposed to one another.

Samuel

(My "mis"spelling of certain words is intentional, trying to use the original Oxford dictionary instead of the Yankeeized english orthography.)

December 3, 2008 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Thank you, gentlemen.

"Now the court square's just a set of streets. That the people go round but they seldom think.'Bout the little man that built this town,
Before the big money shut em down
And killed the little man" ;)

December 3, 2008 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Bria said...

Thank you for this Stephen!

You are so right. I have lived here almost my whole life. People in this world think nothing of land or passing it to generations to come.
We have been reading the story of our nation for school. It is unbelievable what our ancestors had to go through to gain the land we have today. And we don't have to go out to the battle fields and fight for what is ours.

Tall Tale is a good movie.
Again thank you for this important reminder.

December 4, 2008 at 7:18 PM  

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