Friday, February 18, 2011

David's Digest: There IS Another Way

Things aren't as they always have been. We have a tendency to have a myopic view of how we go about our lives. We live in the now, and things are just how they are, and then must continue as they are. But I submit to you that is an improper way of viewing our lives -- that it is possible the way things are is just plain wrong, especially if one considers the Bible as their rule of life.

A change occurred not long ago, one that fed man's covetousness, and man's innate desire to be comfortable. Men were convinced that if through the consumption of products their lives could be made "easier" or they could "prosper" more, then that was a good thing; and they bought the line -- hook, line and sinker. They went from being producers to being consumers, and by doing so, stepped into a world that ensnared them into perpetual consumption and the lives that were required by that system in order for them to maintain in them. Men went away from working the land in freedom to becoming a cog in the consumer, industrial machine.

I submit to you that system is a FAILED system. It is impossible for it to continue perpetually, as it requires an endlessly growing set of consumers; and with them being consumers and not producers, eventually the produced resources get used up. Earnings reports for corporations are an example of this: companies must show continued growth, or their worth goes down. Honestly, can that be sustained indefinitely? Eventually it will reach critical mass, and the company cannot grow. Look at corporations now and the new "global economy": this was a necessary step for the consumer system, because it needs more consumers to function and grow. It cannot go on forever; thus, it is really a wisp of reality.

One other problem about being a cog in the system (ie. worker in the workforce) is that you really are dependent on that system for your sustenance; and quite frankly, especially as Christians, as I've written about before in a blog post questioning who your provider is, that is just not a biblical way of living: your dependence should be directly on God and His sovereign providence.

When this world system fails you, what will you do? Many people today see the writing on the wall: there is much ado about preparedness, in storing water and food, in buying gold, etc. But in the end, will that sustain you? For how long? Is it just a stop-gap until the world (that Christians are not to love: 1 John 2:15) comes to your rescue?

There IS another way. It is a logical fallacy to think the way things are is how they are supposed to be. It is illogical to live with a near-sighted view of life and how things work in the world, because it is possible that view and how those things work are wrong.

Does any of this ring true with you? Does it challenge you at all? Does it upset you? I hope at least one of these is true for your case, if the situation applies to you.

I challenge you to learn more and not just gloss over this. Our teacher, Mr. Michael Bunker, has a new book coming out on March 4, 2011, called "Surviving Off Off-Grid." Do you consider yourself a preparedness person? You need to read this book. Has your financial situation only become worse over time, and are you in debt? You need to read this book. Have you had grandparents or great-grandparents that talked of a different time around the farm? Do you try to eat organic foods and stay away from processed foods? Do you see the world around you as just how things are, and haven't considered it may not be the best for you and your family? You need to read this book.

In "Surviving Off Off-Grid," Mr. Bunker begins by taking you through a history of past cultures, their movements away from the land to specialized societies centered in metropolises, and the downfall of those cultures as a result. Once he's shown in history these failures, and compared them in their drastic similarities to current day, especially in the United States, he offers a solution, which actually isn't a new one: it's back to the old paths (Jer 6:16), how it used to be, how God instituted work: he takes you back to the land, back to an agrarian culture and society.

In it, Mr. Bunker describes how people lived before industrialism. He describes how it is possible to live growing your own food, making your own clothes, and drinking water from your own reservoirs. He covers land and farming methods; preserving food, even without canning; storing food for long-term storage; building various types of buildings involved in sustainable living, like green-houses, living quarters (that are developed according to climate), root cellars, barns, etc.; how to have light and heat without electricity; and other information. At the end of the book, he answers common objections to this life-style and worldview.

This book is not a book detailing specific how-tos -- it deals more with the philosophy and generalities of the how-tos, why living this way should be done, and how it has been done in the past. It is more about engaging the minds of people to hopefully see that there is another way to look at their lives and the world around them.

My prayer is that someone reading this blog post will step back and ponder their lives and how things function in the world around them. And it is my prayer the Lord will use Mr. Bunker's "Surviving Off Off-Grid" book as a means to enlighten those whom He will; and, in the process, bring glory to His name in revealing more of Himself and His will.

Mark March 4, 2011 on your calendars; and then join many others around the world in purchasing this book, maybe even as a gift to someone you know who might benefit from a book like this.

May the God of all creation grant you light, wisdom and understanding.

-- David


Tom Seest said...

Great synopsis...I really enjoyed your comments. They are right on point.

David and Susan Sifford said...

Hi Tom,

Thanks to the Lord, and may He be glorified.

-- David