A Tithe Barn in England
At one time in on this continent, the rural landscape looked much different than it does today. When the first Americans settled here they brought with them a biblical worldview, reinforced with an optimistic eschatology and love for for God’s Law. According to Rushdoony, gleaning remained a regular practice in the farming areas into the 19th century. In colonial America, as in Europe at the time, the tithe barn was a prominent landmark in rural villages. Tithe barns were used by local churches to store the tithe of farm produce from the rural parishioners and was latter distributed to the needy or sold to pay bills.
In modern America almost all tithing is expected to be done with Federal Reserve Notes. With the coming economic collapse and the destruction of our fiat currency, rural churches should give serious consideration to bring back the tithe barn. We have a great opportunity to take back the responsibility of caring for the poor as the bankrupt state defaults. Our rural congregations have a vast wealth of food and fiber to tithe. Our responsibility is to approach our Elders and Deacons and sell them on the concept. The countryside may again prosper when we see tithe barns in every rural village and the church taking a central role in society.