Postmillennialists Make Better Compost

14 08 2008

Yes, its true. Postmillennialists make better compost. Herrick Kimball explains why:

Early on, as I learned about the wonders of using compost in the garden, I was discouraged by the fact that it takes so long to make the stuff. It can take up to a year for a pile of organic materials (i.e. weeds, kitchen scraps, & animal manure) to decompose into compost.

Teenagers are not known for their patience, and my patience was especially short because my family attended a fundamentalist Baptist church.

I didn’t expect to be around in a year. I had read Hal Lindsey’s “The Late Great Planet Earth.” I had been to see that Billy Graham movie, A Thief in The Night. I listened to speakers proclaim that end times Bible prophecy was coming to pass. The rapture of the church was supposed to happen before the nation of Israel (founded in 1948) was a generation old (and a generation was defined as 30 years). Preachers assured their listeners that the Antichrist was in the wings, ready to assume his diabolical role in the Great Tribulation. There was a lot of speculation about exactly who the Antichrist might be. Henry Kissinger was a likely candidate.

I believed what the Biblical prognosticators prognosticated. Never would I have dreamed that I would remain here on this earth as long as I have. It’s a wonder I even took time to plant any seeds in the garden back then.

It is a wonder, logically speaking, but speaking from experience the dispensational baptist position is nothing if not a walking contradiction. Now if it were perfectly contradictory, everything would be good, because they’d act as if we should take care of the earth, plant gardens, build houses, and plan for the future. But it is the imperfection in the contradiction, due to some dispensational baptists actually acting like their doctrine is true, that causes the rub.

And that’s why Herrick says:

Postmillenialists are theologically predisposed to making better compost than their dispensationalist brethren. There is just no question about it.

People that believe that they and their descendants are going to be around awhile are going to be more likely to patiently work on things of lasting importance, things that take time, things that must be waited on. And how much moreso if we understand that we aren’t merely going to “be around”, but that God is actually using us and our children to build his kingdom!

Now in the interest of full disclosure, I’m not entirely certain I’m a postmillennialist. I might lean more toward the a-mil view. But regardless, I see things from the optimistic viewpoint that Jesus and the prophets both taught, that things will not grow progressively worse but that the kingdom of God will grow until it fills the earth. That is how we are to pray, and how we are to live. And making compost is a perfect picture of what that life looks like.




One response

20 08 2008
Crazy Peak Oilers « Floyd’s

[…] So, it sounds like they’re acting like Christians, then. Kaller argues that the future is Mayberry, not Mad Max – and I agree. That’s why we should be making compost. […]

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