Farm Progress

Higher Ground: 21st century parents should learn from 7th century B.C. wisdom.

April 6, 2018

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By Dennis Rowan

From the Biblical time of Moses until Abraham Lincoln, 80% to 90% of people lived on farms and rural lands. And the Bible’s instruction for parents via Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (paraphrased) weren’t difficult to comprehend:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength. These words … are to be in your heart. Teach them diligently to your children. Talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk along the path, when you lie down and when you get up.”

When most Americans lived on farms, family labor was an integral part of daily life. It was normal for children to be near their father or mother while they “walked along the path”. Today’s urbanized society makes these teaching moments far more difficult and rare. Those moments have most often been given over to government-controlled (public) schools.

In the early part of the 19th century when most Americans lived on farms, they worked with limited hand tools to grow food for their families. It also meant that family labor was an integral part of the daily activities.

Where fear arises
Today, it seems easy for college students, so called “snowflakes,” to be offended, and how they must seek safe spaces so they won’t be afraid of their own shadow. Let’s be real; they didn’t become that way because they entered a college campus. They learned it in public schools — even in supposed “gun-free” zones.

Let me be blunt. Christian parents should be schooling their children at home. Pastors need to lead by encouraging them to do so.

Rowan is a member of Fellowship of Christian Farmers International. For more about FCFI, visit

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