Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Stewarding Our Personal Property

From Wonders of Creation

Folks in Western cultures probably consider land they have purchased, settled on, and worked as among their most important possessions. Capitalism, of course, considers private property ownership as its cornerstone. But do we really own land, or are we truly just landholders?

Consider this Old Testament Scripture:

The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants. Throughout the country that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption of the land (Lev. 25:23-24).

As legally encumbered as land is now in the West (for instance, my German ancestors’ farm land “bought” from a priory in 1269) it would be next to impossible for us to return to the biblical ideal implied by Levitical law and God’s prior claim.

However, I do think we would be far better stewards of “our land” if we followed these considerations.

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