Prepping and Survival for Christians
There are a lot of eccentricities associated with the survivalist movement, including those that think there are aliens that will attack the earth, to those trying to prepare for one-off events like a nuclear war or EMP attack, among other things.
When identifying these things as eccentricities, what I mean by that is those prepping to survive these types of events, do so in a way that neglects many of the things in life that in fact they do need to prepare, and instead focus on end-of-the-world types of scenarios that have very little chance of happening in their lives; they’re possible, but not likely to occur.
Prepping for everyday life more relevant
For Christians, it’s far better to look at preparing for everyday life events that could occur and would have a detrimental impact in the lives right now.
For example, getting out of debt, buying a generator, stocking up on food in case the power goes out, putting aside some money in an account that can be quickly accessed in emergencies, develop practical skills that can be used to counter temporary loss of services, and other such things.
The good news is when working on preparing for short-term crises, it in fact is working toward building up a foundation that can deal with a more ominous event that could occur for the long term.
The point is we should focus on preparing for things that could happen now, and as we do so, the accumulation of knowledge, skills and supplies will eventually help to survive longer if some type of disaster does happen.
Mindset for Christians with prepping and survival
Survival for the Christian is a mindset. We have hope not only in the afterlife, but in God helping us to go through whatever comes our way in this life. Part of that hope is while trusting Him we also build confidence in dealing with what comes our way by asking Him for wisdom, and then working on improving various areas of our lives.
Most of this is common sense and thinking through what could happen in our everyday lives that aren’t a doomsday event. Things like temporary power outages that could last from a week to ten days, losing a job without warning, a major appliance of vehicle breaking down, and similar problems.
In the case of losing power, I’ve had that happen a couple of times in my life when having young children in the home, and the thing that helped us survive and consider it an adventure, was that we had a wood stove in our house.
The electrical outage was during the winter, but we had wood on hand. Being in the winter, we didn’t lose food because of the loss of refrigeration, as it benefitted from the cool weather, allowing to stay good.
What we did was use the wood to stay warm in rooms away from the kitchen, so the food wouldn’t go bad from it getting too warm. We then used the wood stove to cook our food on. It all worked great. By the way, both of these outages came as a result of ice forming on the electric lines which caused them to collapse under the weight. Since we lived in the country at the time, we weren’t the priority, and it took a week one time to get our power back, and another time it took about ten days.
There is nothing wrong with a Christian thinking in terms of ways to prepare for disasters and upheavals, but the best way to do it is to take one step at a time and gradually build up your knowledge, supplies and skills to the point you can deal with almost anything that comes your way.
Dealing with life as it is
Another thing to consider when looking at prepping and survival is many of the people teaching on this stuff don’t have a lot of common sense in one specific area, and that is dealing with real life as it is.
By that I mean teach on the assumption everyone in the family is healthy and they can bug out at a moments notice and use their escape plan to run to safety.
The problem is that’s not based on how life really works. What if you have an aging parent you’re taking care of, a physically disabled child, someone autistic in the home, or some other challenge that would make it extremely difficult to get out of town or the area you life quickly?
There are some ways to deal with called bugging in, which means preparing for disasters or social collapse while remaining where you are. This would probably be more relevant to most people than those that can move quickly.
The point is we have families and responsibilities that can become encumbrances to the idea of being able to move rapidly.
One thing there is over time, it would be a good idea to work with family or close friends you trust to maybe get a small piece of land in the country not too far away, and maybe place a mobile home on it, or possibly build an inexpensive structure that could protect you from the elements, and possibly people that mean you or your family harm.
You could easily do this yourself. Land out in the country where there aren’t any development prospects can be acquired very cheaply.
Prepping and survival for Christians isn’t a sign of lacking faith, but in reality points to taking responsibility for the health and safety of our families. It includes arming ourselves for self-defense, but also goes beyond that to building up emergency food and water supplies, eliminating debt, and having money or bartering items available to get things you need that you don’t have enough of.
As Christians we don’t have to have the type of fear I’ve seen communicated on many survival sites or books, which give the impression of a total collapse of civilization. Even it that were to happen, we have faith and hope that not only will God take care of us, but will give us the wisdom to prepare in a way that gives our family a chance to not only survive, but thrive in the most adverse situations.
That said, most of our prepping will be mostly for the types of situations mentioned earlier in the article, where temporary but unsuspected events happen that catch us by surprise. Those that are prepared will be able to weather those situations because they’ve taken the step of living debt free, having the available money to deal with it until circumstances change, have the ability to defend themselves, and have a stash of food in water that can carry them through.
This doesn’t have to be expensive either. A few things may cost some money, such as a generator, but good ones can be acquired that are used. Many things can be acquired in a thrift store, and if building up supplies, it can be done over time and not weigh heavily on finances.