Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Divine Preparedness

One aspect of the prepper movement—in some people’s minds—is its attachment to Mormons and/or Conservative Christians.

Prepping is a universal virtue that should transcend faiths and it does just that.

Heck, some people who follow NO religion are preppers.

As I have stated before, I’m a cradle Catholic. I know the value of prepping.

While I am ultra-conservative politically (small government, strong military, welfare/foreign aid cuts), my approach to people’s belief systems and the morality that stems from them is to approach others with a “to each his own” and “live and let live” attitude.

I will concede that my impression is that many preppers are faith-based and their umbrella of choice is Christian.

The Catholic faith is a denomination under the Christian religious umbrella as is Mormon faith, Baptist faith, etc.

Catholics are not the same as Mormons are not the same as Baptists are not the same as etc.—but even so—the overlap is substantial under the Christian umbrella.

We study The Bible and The Bible does speak out about preparedness.

The purpose of this post is not to convert anyone to any creed other than the one they freely choose, based on what fits them best, but to point out to some of my Christian friends—who look askance at prepping—that prepping is in The Bible.

Yes, I know that every Tom, Dick, and Harry has misused the The Bible to justify virtually anything.

Yet, The Bible could not be more clear on preparedness.

One of the best examples of a TEOTWAWKI event in The Bible was of course the flood Noah faced. Noah was charged with preparing before bugging out:

Genesis 6:21 / “You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”

Our time has seen cataclysmic events that have given us pause long enough to wonder.

While the tsunamis in Thailand and Japan—to name two—were SHTF moments, I do not believe they were sent by God.

I will never go down that rabbit hole.

Nevertheless—as Hurricane Katrina taught us after the fact—preparedness saves lives.

With Hurricane Katrina FEMA got caught with its pants down and the misery factor was exacerbated for FEMA’s lack of preparedness.

Preparing as individuals, families, neighborhoods, cities, states, and countries would do a lot to change the value system of greed and acquisition that so grips many societies.

When families prep interdependently they have each other’s backs. The same is true of cities, states, and—I assert—governments.

Of dangers ahead that should cause us to be prepared, The Bible states:

Proverbs 27:12 / “A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”

Like many Western countries, the United States has repeatedly identified dangers and has taken no precautions against them.

We knew Hitler was bad news and we could have stopped him preemptively, thus saving millions of people in the process.

Sometimes someone has to have the courage to say “No, this is far worse than it seems and we have to do more than give a measured response.”

We knew that the Iran hostage crisis was a slippery slope of becoming entangled in the terrorism of the Middle East, but we failed to call it what it was: an act of war.

Had we declared war and reacted with hellfire from the skies that wiped the nation, terrorists would have thought twice.

Yes, we may have had to repeat the lesson here and there, but that is the nature of dealing with terrorism.

ISIS knows we will not kill with impunity and so they know they can strap babies to their chests and open fire on Marines. And they will.

As a government—and even down to so many individuals—we see simpletons going about life blindly and suffering the consequences.

Prudence requires proactive preparedness.

The Bible also states:

Proverbs 21:20 / “In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.”

On one hand, wise people store up food.

Do we get this is not just a “Mormon thing”?

There is no need to reiterate here the virtue of stockpiling food.

The second half of the proverb is the more telling part.

So, let’s say we have a great stockpile of food.

Then a SHTF moment happens and we bug in because why would we leave behind so much food and so many resources?

Then—because our normalcy bias of being a prepper reassures us of our bounty—we feast like kings and the SHTF moment lasts for longer than we anticipated.

We cannot become the foolish person who consumes all.

I have a two-month stockpile.

Let’s say there was an earthquake in my area that interrupted commerce and community normalcy for a week or two.

I would not eat normally.

I would be extremely judicious with my use of water and supplies as if I had to make my two-month supply last for four.

A follow-up quake could happen.

I am not trying to wrap preparedness in Godliness, or to say that if you’re not a prepper you are not God’s people.

Some will, but that their hubristic narcissism talking.

There is a larger context here.

God calls me to be mindful of my daughter, the home I make for her, and myself.

God calls me to be humble before Him.

Humbly, I hope to serve as another voice of warning vis a vis not being prepared.

Keep prepping, my friends.

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