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Higher Ground: The Bible states to obey the laws of the land. But if laws are created without proper thought and wisdom, consequences are inevitable.

April 5, 2024

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by Ed Westfall

I recently read an article in an agricultural newspaper on some projects being considered by my state government (not to be named), for government investments for the agriculture industry.

There were multiple projects named. I’ll name three:

  • projects to impact nutrients and water changes to support climate change

  • efforts to reduce the carbon footprint

  • funding for government transportation to agricultural fairs

There may be concerns over what these types of actions may produce:

  • undesired changes in crop mixes

  • alteration of animal herd profile

  • machine profiles that would require engine or fuel systems of current equipment (both mobile or stationary units)

  • government programs directed at the youth of agricultural families

The Bible, in the book of Romans, states that we all are to obey the laws of the land. That direction is to be honored to this day. But if laws are enacted without proper and wise direction, the results could be counterproductive and eventually lead to failure.

It is far more effective for laws to be properly thought through, and less costly than efforts to modify or reenact new laws later.

Should you detect spending laws that do not appear to improve your future farm life, I would suggest that you seek a trusted individual or group that may bring your concerns forward.

If you should analyze and conclude that there are no proposed laws in your state that you deem unwise, then go farm.

Westfall is vice president and secretary of the Mohawk Valley Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Farmers International.

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