Milk and Farmer Sovereignty
Chef Jem comments in reply to the idea that according to Titus 3:1 Amish farmers should obey the government regulations and have their milk pasteurized.
Date: 10/28/2010 6:33:43 PM ( 12 y ) ... viewed 14041 times
I am sure that the Amish can answer for themselves (regarding their Faith) however in regards to "Titus 3:1" that scripture does not stand alone! The context of that scripture is God-ordained authorities and I would respectfully suggest that the purpose of those authorities be considered as well and that purpose is always to maintain peace among the people. People have natural Rights and / God-given Rights to live in peace. In addition, now we have the sovereignty of the people to consider within all of our "God ordained" American Republics. (It is no longer just a matter of the outer authorities that we have to obey.) We, the people have authority as well both collectively and individually! Believe it or not our authority is actually superior to the ordained authorities. (At least that is what the law says in my state Republic.) In any case the scriptures plainly declare there's a distinction between what is "God's" and what is "Caesar's" (Mark 12:17, Luke 20:25). And milk, the act of milking, the distribution and drinking of milk does not in any way shape or form come from "Caesar"! Milk is not "Caesar's"!
Although Interstate commerce can be regulated (within the limitations that are authorized in Article I, Section 8) Interstate commerce is not really the issue here. That is because the regulation of commerce is the regulation on the transportation of commercial goods crossing state lines and not a blanket authorization to regulate the goods themselves. Look at the early commentaries at law on this and if you do I am sure you can see that the present day federal applications have gone far beyond the original intent "To regulate commerce". "Caesar" was never ever authorized with any God-given authority over milk. The authority to self-regulate remains with the farmers.
American farmers have natural Rights and/or a God-given Rights to share their farm goods in ways that they are at peace about and that includes ways other than the ways of "the world" or "commerce". American farmers have their own inner authority that is sufficient for all their farming needs and when they share their goods within their community they can essentially self-regulate according to the needs of the community they serve.
Anyone who has concerns about the quality of their local farm goods can communicate with the farmer. Farm food quality is not up "Caesar". Caesar is not even a farmer!
Update - Nov. 26, 2011 -
Comment posted after this article:
"Is a $9,000 fine for selling raw milk appropriate? — asks a CBC poll":
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