Food and Faith: Why Bother?

My dear husband and I are Christians and this is not so unusual in the sustainable farming and food realms.  Farming comes up repeatedly in the Bible, as well as the general principle of stewardship and taking good care of the temporal blessings we’ve been graced with.  For us, growing and raising some of our own food and clothing and energy is part of the big picture of taking care of what the Lord has provided for us to tend.

We’re in it for our posterity.  We want our children to see that hard work can have a connection to a good end result.  We want them to know where food comes from and how it gets all the way to our plates.  We want our children to understand that because we love God and His handiwork, we want to take good care of it, not use it up and toss it out and hope space travel becomes an option.  It is about love and labor, and learning to love labor.  I don’t think everyone needs to farm or homestead, but certainly a few more will have to try.  It is not known how much longer this old rock will last, but in the time we have right now, it seems obvious as a Christian that excellent stewardship of land and the life upon and inside it is part and parcel of walking along His narrow Way.  This is not the only choice a Christian can make to be a good steward, but we hope it can be considered a choice that demonstrates the light and love in our hearts.

So there.



One thought on “Food and Faith: Why Bother?

  1. I found with farming I truly began to see the complexity of life. Creationism, life cycles, and benefits of these cycles towards the human body and nature is just so prevalent in this life style. This is the way I feel God has chosen to talk to me, and a lot of other homesteaders too. You are right in saying that this isn’t the only way to be good stewards, even just your observations, support and steadfastness towards good farming and environmental practices are just as important. In doing so you create a way for small farms to survive, and commercial farmers (who probably don’t want to farm the way they are, but have to if they want to financially survive) a better way of life for their families, land and creatures.
    Thanks for the post.

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