Archive for March, 2010

Rural Reconstruction, Agriculture and the Tithe


A Tithe Barn in England

At one time in on this continent, the rural landscape looked much different than it does today. When the first Americans settled here they brought with them a biblical worldview, reinforced with an optimistic eschatology and love for for God’s Law. According to Rushdoony, gleaning remained a regular practice in the farming areas into the 19th century. In colonial America, as in Europe at the time, the tithe barn was a prominent landmark in rural villages. Today the rural landscape is marked by antinomian churches with a defeatist eschatology surrounded by a welfare class (including farmers) who rely on the state for their existence. This is just unacceptable and one of the many areas that are in need of christian reconstruction. Can you imagine what an impact we could make in a rural area where faithful farmers tithed agricultural produce? As the currency collapses and people no longer have money for the taxes that fund the modern welfare programs, the Church has a huge opportunity to take back this sphere by exercising the authority it should never have relinquished to start with. Can you imagine grain bins full of wheat behind Midwestern churches or root cellars full of potatoes and cabbage behind New England churches?

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Rushdoony on the Post-humanistic World

In light of all our current troubles, I wanted to share this quote from R.J. Rushdoony and remind everyone that we must remain future oriented and optimistic.

It is not a post-Christian era that we face but a post-humanistic world. Every thinker who evades that fact is past-oriented and blind; he is incapable of preparing anyone for the realities of our present situation. Humanism on all sides is busy committing hara-kiri; it is disemboweling itself with passion and fervor; it needs no enemies, because humanism is now its own worst enemy. We have lived thus far in a post-Christian era, and it is dying. The important question is, what shall we do?

We must realize that this is one of the greatest if not the greatest opportunity yet to come to Christianity. This is a time of glorious opportunity, a turning point in history, and the wise will prepare for it. True, the church is remarkably incompetent and sterile in the face of this crisis. It has very largely joined the enemy. This, however, has happened before. In the fourth century the church repeatedly condemned St. Athanasius, as the state listed him as a wanted outlaw. He was accused (by churchmen) of trying to stop the food supply to the capitol. He was accused of murder (but the dead man was proven to be alive). He was charged with magic and sorcery, and much else, and his life was lived in flight, with five periods of exile.

All the same, it was Athanasius and not his enemies, nor the powerful churchmen of his day, who shaped the future. History then as now is not shaped by majorities but by men who provide the faith and ideas for living.

The question we should be asking is, what are we doing to prepare for the future? How will we fill the void left when humanism and the statists fail? Will our children have the tools and knowledge to rebuild a godly culture from the ashes?

This Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

That’s all I’ve got to say right now.