Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Agrarian basics
The Biblical foundation

These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,

And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads....

And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
(Genesis 2:4-10,15)

The first thing to understand about agrarianism is that man's original calling was to steward the earth, and that was not changed by the fall, or the flood, or the great commission, or Pentecost, or the industrial revolution, or the invention of computers, or anything. Agrarianism simply IS the way the world works, just as male headship is the way the family works. When the Lord said that the husband is the head of the wife, he wasn't making a suggestion, he was stating a fact, and as Doug Wilson says, a husband may be a good head or he may be a bad head, but he cannot be a non-head.

So, each of us sitting here is an agrarian. You may be a bad agrarian or you may be a good agrarian, but you can't be a non-agrarian. The Lord has given each of us some place that we are to cultivate and guard.

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