Like I mentioned earlier, there were many such acts with each successive one trying to improve upon the last. These acts lasted from 1860 all the way to 1986, with Alaska being the last state to end homesteading. However, what was often meant to be a good thing, offering cheap land to poor people as a means of supporting them and building a nation, it was often used for evil, such as land grabbing by unscrupulous people for the purpose of controlling resources such as minerals, timber, oil, and the most important resource of all, water.
The Modern Interpretation of Homesteading
For instance, many modern homesteaders use a bevvy of strange newfangled scientific sounding terms such as: carbon foot print, green energy, permaculture, holistic, organic, sustainability, and self-reliance, and I will touch on those subjects in more depth later on in other posts. But for now, I want to focus a little bit on the overall ideology of the modern homesteader, which can range from being a simple vegetable gardener, to the more radical doomsday prepper. But make no mistake, each type of homesteader is limited by how much workable land and space is available to them, and the resources they have access to, including other homesteaders. Sadly, what I have found in my research is that the underlying mentality of modern homesteading seems to be pushing toward selfishness. And no term embodies this pervasive modern homesteading attitude more than the term:"self-sufficiency."
The Deceit Of "Self"
To be clear, I understand the concept of being responsible for our own actions and doing things on our own, rather than having others do them for us. After all, we must grow from infancy to adulthood, right? God did give us wills of our own, but like most things in this life, there are limits and boundaries that need to be established for the sake of keeping order and balance in our lives. We must realize that any secular ideas of "independence" are heavily skewed toward Utopian humanism, where as the Christian should embrace the biblical model and truth that we can do nothing without God, and even without each other. We must be, in a way, God-dependent, and interdependent, rather than independent, or 'self'reliant. Jesus made everything in this universe, and so we are completely dependent upon him for our very existence. In a nut shell, this world's idyllic system of self-sufficiency, and independence is completely at odds with reality, and the God-dependency system of real Christianity. The only being that is truly self-sufficient and independent is God. So anyone trying to sell these ideas are really selling "godhood ." In my next article, I will be examining the difference between cooperation and compromise.