Born-Again Dirt: Farming to the Glory of GodTim Kinnard
I Corinthians 10:31 says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Obviously, “whatever you do” includes a lot of things. For my family, it includes homesteading.
The question I am responsible for answering then as a Christian is “How do I glorify God in homesteading?” Since that’s not an area of study one typically finds on the shelves at their average Christian bookstore, it was a welcome surprise to stumble upon Noah Sanders’s book “Born Again Dirt: Farming to the Glory of God.”
The primary message of the book is that “the transforming work of the Gospel in the hearts of farmers” should have transformative effect in the area of agriculture as it should in every other conceivable area. Even the way we “work the dirt must spring from a Biblical worldview.” Sanders writes,
“Imagine the impact [Gospel-centered agriculture] could have on our nation. What if Christians began taking their job as stewards seriously, turning the country into a beautiful, fruitful landscape dotted with productive homes filled with godly families? What if Christians began to farm in a way that was sustainably fruitful, honoring the design of God’s creation? What if Christians began to reach out and serve their communities though selling high-quality, healthy food? What if Christians began capitalizing on the lifestyle that farming offers, rather than just viewing the benefits of farming in terms of money? What if, when the world’s systems of farming fail, [Gospel-centered] farms continue to be vibrant and productive? I believe that the testimony of Christian farmers faithfully stewarding the land will provide us an opportunity to share the true source of our success — the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“Do you desire to glorify God through the way you farm? Are you tired of reading books on farming and food production that ignore God as Creator? Have you ever wondered what agriculture would look like if it was based on the Bible instead of on evolution, Mother Nature, or the latest manipulations of life by science. In Born Again Dirt, Noah Sanders encourages Christian farmers to evaluate their farming methods in light of Scripture.”