Dateline: 28 August 2013Vulnerability comes with centralization and complexity, and our current global economic system has never been so centralized and complex. Thus it is that Western civilization has never been more vulnerable to collapse. Any honest look at the macro economic situation that America is facing leads to only one conclusion... life as we have known it is going to change dramatically in the years ahead. The handwriting is on the wall.
People who have a lot of money, and live their lives totally dependent on their financial wherewithal to buy their necessities of life, will face great hardship. At the other end of the spectrum, people who are totally dependent on government pensions, social security, or any other form of government handout, will also face great hardship. People who are totally dependent on supermarkets and restaurants to feed themselves and their families, will face great hardship. People who are in debt will face great hardship. There will be great hardship all around as the modern socio-economic support system that most modern people have grown to depend on, fails them.
This coming collapse will be the end of the world for so many modern people who live totally dependent on the industrial system.
But there will also be many people who, seeing the handwriting on the wall, endeavor to change their lifestyle, lessen their dependencies and become more self reliant. They will eliminate all debt. They will reduce their needs and wants, eschewing materialism and simplifying their lifestyle. They will move out of the urban areas, to a section of land where they can grow some of their own food, harvest water as needed, and cut firewood to heat their homes in the winter. They will invest in tools of self-reliance and home production. They will establish family economies involving everyone in the work of meeting the needs of their family. They will establish home businesses to support their way of life. They will focus on strengthening family relationships, and relationships with those in their community. They will humble themselves before God and repent of the vanity of modern life and the foolishness of modern culture. They will embrace God's grace, and His mercy, and love His law, and live accordingly. I call this way of life, "Christian agrarianism." I did not invent the term by any means, but I have adopted it and promoted it.
In the spring of 2005 I started this blog with the primary focus of sharing and promoting my Christian-agrarian beliefs. Few people back then were familiar with the word "agrarian," let alone "Christian-agrarian." I have encouraged fellow Christians who've come to these writings to reexamine the mainstream industrial worldview and their conformity to it. It is a secular, man-centered, proud, science-worshiping world view. It is not a worldview acceptable to God, and the way of life built on that worldview is not appropriate for God's people. It is also, as I've already noted, not sustainable.
My earliest writings at this blog contained foundational Christian-agrarian precepts. They provided groundwork to build on. They charted a course out of industrial dependency. They cast a vision for a lifestyle that is more in line with what God intended for His people to live.
One year after starting this blog, I took many of my early essays off the internet and compiled them into a book titled, Writings of A Deliberate Agrarian. In the book, I define Christian-agrarianism, and I promote this counter-cultural way of life.
If you are a Christian, if you are new to this blog, if my writings here resonate with you, and if you don't yet have a copy of the book, now is the time to get yourself a copy. Now is the time because I'm selling it at a special, significantly-reduced price, for a limited time, and for a special reason.
For the next week (until September 7) you can purchase a copy of Writings of a Deliberate Agrarian, using the order button below, for only $8, postage-paid. I normally sell the book for $12.95.
For every copy of the book sold between now and September 7th, I will donate $5 to support production of the independent documentary film, Beyond Off-Grid.
Back on July 2nd I blogged (HERE) about the Christian-agrarian, Beyond Off-Grid documentary project. Then, today, as I was working in my shop, I listened to the August 16 edition of Scott Terry's Christian Farm and Homestead radio program, where he speaks with Jason Matyas to get an update on the film.
I really like the message that is being communicated through this film. I have donated to the project. I hope you will donate directly to the project too. But here is an opportunity to donate in an indirect way, and get something tangible in return. I'd like to sell at least 40 books, and send at least $200 to the project.
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