4/02/09 - 5th Day - After Breakfast. Hey y'all. Sorry to break into the Persecution and Reflection story, but it is going to be difficult for me to give you all a new episode any time soon. Ranchfest begins on Saturday, so we will have guests here and will be doing projects until the 11th, then my mother and sister are visiting on the 12th, so it looks like all of next week will see no new episodes. However, this blog features a great "re-runs" feature, so all you have to do is go to the archives section over in the right-hand column and you can go back and re-read your favorite episodes!
This caused me great pain... Herrick Kimball has quit his regular blogging and will just be posting a monthly Deliberate Agrarian update. Herrick, I envy you, and I will miss your regular blogs. There are only about 2 other blogs that I check every single day, and yours was one of them. I hope you leaving was not because of the recent stupid and emotional attacks on Christian Agrarianism and the good folks like you who have contributed so much to it. As you said, Christian Agrarianism is not a cult, and exhorting people to get out of the failed industrial system, and to separate from the wickedness of that system, is not cultish or legalistic. One of the unhappy realities of the internet age, is that any nobody worldling with a wrecked personal life, a complete absence of any qualifications, and a trail of personally caused disaster behind him, can start a blog, lie about his credentials and history, and come across as an expert - and, unhappily, gullible people who have never been taught to check the real fruit in a man's life, will read such stupid unlearned and personally driven attacks and pabulum and will suddenly begin to feel peace in the worldly consumerist life that God has condemned. One day I will quit too, Herrick, and I hope it will be sooner and not later. I certainly don't think my work is done yet, but let's just say if the internet disappeared tomorrow, though I would miss many of the friends I have gained through it (like you) I know that I would not miss it. I appreciate your honesty and your honorable way of life, and I hope you stay in touch. I hope to see you again and to have the opportunity to share another meal with you if we ever get the opportunity.
For those of you who just stop by every day to see what's going on, and maybe you don't keep your fingers on the pulse of "Christian Agrarianism", you may not know that the world and it's lovers and adherents have launched a pretty wide and systemic attack on Agrarianism and Separatism lately. The attack has mainly been launched by world-loving women and men who are basically women (neutered males who operate by emotion), but it is impressive in that it is now gaining its "piler onners" (those who already hated the idea of Agrarianism and Separatism, but who were too cowardly to be the first to break a window), the spineless "me too'ers" who claim to have some love for Agrarianism and who glad-hand "separatism" so long as those things are never defined, and so long as no one is ever convicted of worldliness or syncretism by that definition. Now most of you have never been in a mob riot, but I have, and there are very few things more frightening than a mob of "me too'ers" with rocks or sticks out to destroy something because its existence threatens them or enflames their consciences. Frankly, worldlings and industrial air-condition lovers have the whole internet to hawk their wares and to recruit false "christians" to their way of life, so I find it interesting that many of them now find it necessary to seek out such a small sliver of the internet society to attack... Most of these attacks and attackers fit into the following categories:
1. I really, really, really, really, really want to be obedient, and don't want to live in a way that God condemns, so I really, really, really studied and prayed about Christian Agrarianism. I felt really, really, really condemned and I felt like people were telling me I wasn't saved, so I prayed about it a whole, whole, whole lot and God showed me that Christian Agrarian Separatists are all legalists who are in a cult, and God just wants us to be happy, and I'm not giving up Christmas AND air-conditioning and TV you can bet on that, so I just want to experience grace and I pray for all of you who are stuck in the legalistic cult of Christian Agrarianism!
2. Me too! I was in such a cult (I'm not mentioning Michael Bunker's name or Biblical Agrarianism, but you get the point) and God freed me from it. I used to live with Bunker at his compound (I mean "ranch") and I was in the leadership (I mean I was a dropout who he couldn't trust to take out the trash). I was rudely treated (Michael and the leadership advised me not to run off with an unbeliever girlfriend whose Father did not approve of us getting married) and they were really legalistic and judgmental towards me (when I married the unbeliever against all advice and counsel and she then dumped me and took my gun and killed all my chickens, they refused to run to my aid or take me back). By God's grace I was delivered from Christian Sectarianism (Godly separation) when I met another girl who I married. Now that I'm a good 28 year old divorcee Presbyterian with a hot red sports car and I have been delivered and set free, I'm going to be the foremost expert in helping others get delivered from this cult too!
3. Me too! God just wants to love you and save you! He loves inner city pimps just as much as he loves Christian Agrarians. So go be an inner city pimp! God loves whores and tax-collectors - the Bible proves it - so don't let anyone tell you that God has a promise of a better way of live, less dependent on the world, more dependent on Him and His providence. That's not true. I saw Hustle and Flow and I know God loves me no matter how I live.
4. Me too! Christian Agrarianism is NOT Christianity! I mean, some of these people out there equate Christian or Biblical Agrarianism with Christianity, meaning that you cannot be a Christian unless you are one of them! HA! (what follows is more Red Herrings, Straw Men, Excluded Middles, Lies, Innuendo, and numerous other logical fallacies). Cult! Compound! Leading Astray! Bad, bad, extra-biblical teaching! Phhhhttt! I used to be one of them, and I felt CONDEMNED! Phhhhtttt!
Ok, enough of that. You should know that this attack is out there, and you should examine the roots of it because most people (especially movement groupies who really have no hope or plan of ever living the life they like to read about) are cowards who are not willing to stand and defend what they say they believe. Rats will be jumping off the Christian Agrarian bandwagon now that a bunch of women have decided to throw it under the bus. I ask those of you who have truly been motivated by God to seek a more true, holy, and Biblical way of life to stay tuned, stay tough, and stand.
I know that I have better things to do than to debate scorned women, failed 20-something divorcee songwriters, and manic depressives, so I'll get back to work.
Y'all be cool,