Generational Sowing and Reaping — An Agrarian Understanding of History

Posted by Missouri Rev on Jan 29th, 2006

Finally, I am able to post to my blog! It’s likely that it has been so long since I last posted that you have long given up on me, which I wouldn’t blame you for anyhow, but I think what I am posting today was worth waiting for. If you would prefer, I could post a little something every week, but it may only be to stay in touch and perhaps post smaller articles or even updates as to what we are doing here. Please let me know. As I said before, for me blogging is like sending letters home from the war front, so I suppose that it would be in order to at least report in enough to keep you from wondering whether I am MIA or AWOL.

Being a pastor that struggles like the rest who are making the very difficult transition into biblical community and covenantal agrarianism, I find it most difficult to spend the time writing and posting something that I consider worthwhile, which is not say that those of you that post frequently do not post worthwhile things. Indeed you do and I enjoy them immensely, but it’s hard for me to keep up with writing, even as much as I love it, when I have so many hats that I wear.

Once again this latest posting, Generational Sowing and Reaping – An Agrarian Understanding of History, is far too long to post in the main body of the blog, so I have posted it on the web where you can read it and/or print it (the links are directly below). Though I start with a “Paul Harvey” type story from Missouri history to get you interested in the post, the heart of it is learning how to understand history rightly (biblically) so we can draw the right conclusions, learn its true lessons, and make the right application. Contrary to a lot of pragmatic baloney about history being largely worthless to the present generation, it has everything to do with where we are now and where we going into the future. Quoting from the article, Human history is, thus, an agrarian story of generational sowing and reaping, both for good and evil, where the obedient or disobedient acts of man, individually or corporately, act as planted seeds which produce a harvest of consequences which the generations that follow must live or die with.” I have used some of Missouri’s and our country’s history to make this very critical point, which I hope you find interesting and useful. Since it largely deals with the War of Northern Aggression, you “Southrons” and other freedom loving patriots might find this article interesting as well.

This URL: Generational Sowing and Reaping — leads you to a website where you can read and print the article, which includes many pictures. It’s in PDF format. If you do not have the software to open it, you can download it for free at this site: Adobe Reader Download: all versions

Now, for those of you that do not know what biblical agrarianism is—don’t run away—as it is not as bad, bizarre, or boring as it sounds. We are talking about building, through God’s grace and providential care, a godly culture by means of biblical, generational reformation and restoration—where family and land are not strangers to each other, where we enjoy the work of our hands as being truly productive by God’s grace, where we build a tangible, God-blessed culture in which our children can build their futures from, where our neighbors and community are like-minded, god-fearing Christians, where the lost can see firsthand by God’s blessing upon us the Gospel of the Kingdom we profess . . . in short, it is living on God’s green earth as unto Him and as He intended. Do I believe God has intended for His people to live on the earth a certain way . . . absolutely and it is good, contrary to the “Christian” defeatist pragmatism of today, though, as history has clearly shown, we most likely will suffer the wrecking ball of God’s justice and mercy in the process, as there has been much built in the last several generations that is ungodly and counterproductive.

God bless and please comment on the article, thank you.

The Missouri Rev

10 Responses

  1. HomesteadHerbs Says:

    This post was well worth the wait! If this is the quality of post that you will publish on return of your research, I’ll be patient during the time of silence, as I know it will be quality work when it posted!

  2. Doug Says:

    Thank you Pastor,

    Your posts whether many or few are always appreciated.

    Doug

  3. Jim Ketchum Says:

    As always, an excellent and humbling article.

    Jim

  4. Doug Says:

    Very informative article – I read it to the family last night. When I first heard you use the term “debt based economics”, I thought you just meant the fact that our nation is awash in credit cards etc. But apparantly it is worse than that because our money is actually “created” via debt – ?

  5. Herrick Kimball Says:

    Pastor McConnell

    I took my computer to a “computer guy” awhile back to get Adobe installed so I could download John Mesko’s books. I was able to do that but, for some unknown reason, I have not been able to download your article.

    I will try next time I go to my local library and use their computer. One way or another, I’ll get it and I look forward to reading what you have to say.

  6. R.G. Says:

    Pastor McConnell,

    Good work! This article is just one of many thousands that could be written correcting the official lies Washington has told over the years. It’s not that the confederacy was always right, or that slavery as practiced in the south was always a good thing, but ‘honest Abe’ wasn’t totally honest and the public needs to know it.

    Thanks for striking this blow for truth. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s water under the bridge and we should just ‘get over it’. If the truth can do no good, then lies can do no harm. And we all know what a monstrous LIE that is.

    R.G.

  7. JFC Says:

    Tom,

    Just a little suggestion. When you save your publications, you might save one copy using “Save as Web Page” option in MS Word, in addition to printing to a PDF file. Then put BOTH of them on the website, with a link to EACH of them in your post. That way, if anyone has trouble loading a PDF file, they can select the HTML link and get the publication.

    Now, after commenting about that, I need to take the time to get the article fully read. I appreciate you, brother!

  8. The Settler Says:

    Thanks for a great article. (You do need to get it read JFC!)

    I’m still mostly in the dark on the details of Missouri’s history, but what I have read reveals a sad and brutal past. Thank God that you are right, and that He blesses the contrite and obedient, as the history of Nehemiah also reveals.

  9. Missouri Rev Says:

    Thanks one and all for commenting. The sooner all of us get on the same reformational page the better. To know history from a covenantal viewpoint is to know what paths to avoid and what to take in moving ahead into the future the Lord has for us.

  10. Herrick Kimball Says:

    Well, I finally read your article. I downloaded and printed all 15 pages off at the library. It is well written. I enjoyed it and felt just a little convicted too.

    Thank you for making it available.

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