Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Preppers and God
Have any of you noticed how prepping is getting big in this country? By the way, I have no problem with preppers as people and there those who are committed Christians. I even have a couple friends long distance who participate in the "prepping lifestyle". I believe there are many people God is instructing to "get ready" whether to take care of themselves or of others, when hard times hit.
Many preppers are "new world order aware" and awake to what is going on which is an asset. There are some people who were sitting in NYC and NJ last week who I am sure, probably regretting mocking some of those "crazy" preppers
As you know, I think modern life is not all it's cracked up to be, and as people moved off the land, and away from family and friends, it just made everyone more vulnerable to being controlled via the global elites. We have lost valued old time skills, such as gardening, canning, building things, and basic survival. I certainly do not have any outside of knowing how to bake bread from scratch and building a fire from sticks learned at a Girl Scout camp. Many people who grew up in suburbs and cities, never learned some of what Grandma took for granted. As society grew more complex, people grew more dependent in many unpredicted ways.
The preppers are right about many things, the stores clean out everytime there is a storm, and big storms, watch out! If you have ever been in a hurricane, blizzard or other event, you probably know what I am talking about.
But I have concerns about some aspects of prepping. One thing about prepping it costs money, some people who are poorer may manage to keep a week of bottled water, a few lanterns and canned meat, but there are many living paycheck to paycheck who are not going to be able to store a few years worth of food, gas masks, special clothing, tools, or even own the land or house with a fireplace or wood stove, for alternative methods of heating or growing their own food. Every time a storm hits and the lights go out, and if you're somebody living in an apt, that is all electric run, you may question the wisdom of that but then what do you do, if there is no money for a mortgage or any land? You do what you can and trust in God to help you and start praying.
Read the lists of prepping supplies and the costs even for your basic prepping lifestyle, can run into the thousands of dollars. Everything from wood stoves, land to grow things on, cans for canning. This is not for the paycheck to paycheck crowd or for those who were separated from farm and family in the previous generation before they were even born.
Hey I have read magazines like Backwoods Home and others and know there has to be some expendable income in play to many of these things. People in the city are especially vulnerable. Sometimes I have to admit, I got tired of watching on news websites some people on the comment sections lambasting those for not preparing before Hurricane Sandy and say "What's wrong with those people?" or "It's their fault, they didn't prepare!" . Even today, I was reading some folks on a right-wing website showing anger at disabled elderly people who got trapped in a 37 floor building in the aftermath of Sandy, where they said, "Well they choose to live there!" Having known big city life, many are living paycheck to paycheck and the end of the month, the larders have grown short. For the old and impoverished they take what they can get. So there are people who did not have much of a choice while others were not wise but the assumption that everyone can "get ready" is a false one.
It seems there is a dog eat dog kind of mentality growing out there, this isn't everyone of course, but we are seeing the negative attitudes growing in the every man for himself culture. This isn't every prepper, but some can go overboard with the me first and "I'll survive at all costs" mentalities. Remember the media is pushing that stuff day and night every which way. What does the Bible say in terms of helping others? One thing to ask yourself if it all goes bad, are you going to follow the law of the jungle or the law of God? Spiritual preparation is the most important.
2 Cor 9:6-15 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
One strain of falseness I see on the false right wing side, is the self reliance at all costs stuff, with Ayn Rand philosophies married to social darwinism that is anything but Christian. This isn't every prepper either, but there can be the taint, of pride in someone who thinks they are ready for anything and can outlast whatever is thrown at them. The left is false too in their exploitation of the poor but as people know I have confronted the right here too. Visit your average website on the "right", and the message's all over are the poor are a bunch of "deadbeats." They supposedly are the cause of the debt instead of endless wars and the dismantling of the manufacturing system in America. Compassion for those facing hardship is diminished. Self reliance is a key phrase in prepper culture, and sure there can be some positives in taking responsiblity but be warned of those who take that too far, and get into "survival of the fittest" mode.
I have been thinking how prepping is arising out of disconnected culture, where community has broken up in America, where the every man and household for itself stuff is holding sway! Sure there are some communities that join together even in prepping, but in thinking about this, it seems it really has gone to the extreme. When some folks are literally wanting to turn their homes into bunkers and take to the wilds, it means that something has shifted in a society. We don't need to debate the need, I understand their motives, but it is something to notice. It really says a lot about the levels things have gone and how people feel so vulnerable in a society that seems to be cracking at the seams, and where there is a disaster around every corner. It really shows how in American society, the ennui, the loneliness, the detachment from other people is playing out. It's making people afraid. Even the non-believers know something has shifted.
One disturbing thing though, I have seen too many trusting in their stuff. Think about this: were there any Sandy hurricane victims who saw their preps washed out to sea? Some may say "Maybe a prepper would never live too close to the ocean!" but one thing so many things can happen in this world, you can't be ready for EVERYTHING. If you are prepper thinking those storages of food, medical and heating supplies will automatically save the day, there are endless unforseen circumstances from others collecting up your foodstuffs to needing to evacuate. Maybe I've read too many World War II memoirs, when chaos ensues, shelves and shelves of supplies aren't going to be a hedge against every calamity. It's impossible.
Matt 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Here is where trust in God comes in.
What does the Bible say about preparing? Well here, these verses follow with the be awake and be ready. Some preparations can be led by God. If God gives you the resources to make something happen and you feel led in prayer to prepare certain things, then do so.
Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished
Luke 22:36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
Proverbs 21:20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
Proverbs 35:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.
But overall, one is to trust in God to meet their needs and not live in worry and fear.
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Matthew 6:24 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Now remember I am not saying prepping is "wrong",there are those, God is leading to prepare ahead of time, but there are many things to think about in regards to it. What are your thoughts?