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Should Christians prepare for hard times?

Scott Morefield
A Morefield Life
February 8th, 2013
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Many years ago God gave Pharaoh a dream, interpreted by Joseph, about 7 coming years of famine. Because of this dream and its correct interpretation, Joseph was able to help Pharaoh use the present years of plenty to store food in order to prepare for the future years of hardship, thus saving countless lives. Today, from pandemics and natural disasters to wars, EMP threats, food shortages and price increases, the national debt and the constant Fed ‘quantitative easing’ threatening to eventually destroy the value of our currency, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist or a dream from God to know that hard times are coming. The evidence is all around us!

Look, I can’t tell you exactly how many, but we’re gonna need a LOT of buckets, mylar bags, and oxygen absorbers!

So this begs the question – should Christians take concrete steps to prepare for the hard times we all know are coming? So many Christians believe that ‘prepping’ means a mindset of NOT trusting God, but in fact it is much the opposite. While we do trust in him to guide and protect, we are using our God-given wisdom to act wisely. If you asked most Christians if they have car, house, or life insurance, many if not all would quickly say, ‘yes.’ This is not a lack of faith, rather it is being wise stewards of what we have been endowed. Being less dependent on commercial industry is much the same. We firmly believe that, indeed, Christians (and everybody else!) SHOULD prepare for what’s coming, using every resource possible.

Here are four key reasons why:

1.) God is sovereign, but we are responsible – Orthodox Christians believe in the sovereignty of God. He can and He will accomplish whatever He chooses to accomplish, in His time. He has control not only over the mighty universe and all the planets, stars, and galaxies therein, but also over every detail of our lives, even to the hairs on our head. OK if that’s the case, you ask, what’s the point of doing anything for ourselves?

Because God commands us to, that’s why!

Jesus brought Lazarus from the grave, but commanded the people there to roll back the stone. Couldn’t He have done it with a wave of His finger? Man is responsible. Couldn’t God, instead of having Joseph and the people go through the trouble of ‘prepping,’ have just made grain appear to feed the Israelites and Egyptians during the seven years of famine? Man is responsible. Couldn’t God, instead of having Noah build an ark and load it with provisions and animals, have just miraculously lifted the lives He wanted to spare to a cloud for a while? Man is responsible.

I could do it, but you guys could use the excercise

We are responsible to ourselves, our families, our communities, and our God to make wise decisions regarding the blessings He has bestowed upon us. And that leads to the second point…

2.) God commands us to provide for our families first – Consider the words of Paul to Timothy:

“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”  1 Timothy 5:8

Is it a selfish act to put back provisions for ourselves and our families, knowing that when hard times come there will be others left out? Are we responsible for the entire world the same as for our own family? No, and a resounding no! This is the kind of thinking that has led to some of the most oppressive, murderous ideologies known to mankind. The collectivist mindset, the notion that everyone, that all of ‘humanity’ should be just as important to us as those immediately surrounding us (family, friends, church, culture, nation, etc.), is a central tenet of Marxism. While it may sound good in theory, it is an evil philosophy that oppresses EVERYONE in the name of ‘equality.’ Unfortunately, this philosophy has permeated not only our governments, but our churches as well.  There is only one person who can love every person the same – God! Utopia only exists in one place – heaven! If every individual would take RESPONSIBILITY for their own immediate spheres of influence, starting with their own families, the world would be a better place.

3.) God commands us to give to others – The opposite of point two? Not at all! If we are able, are we responsible to help others? Absolutely! We should prepare with the full understanding that, if times get hard, we WILL be giving a portion of our stores away to others in need who cross our path (and who the Lord lays it on our hearts to help). But if we have nothing stored away, how can we feed ourselves, much less help anyone else in need?

4.) God gave us a brain and He expects us to use it – If we are standing on train tracks and a train is coming, common sense tells us to move off the tracks. Common sense tells us to move to the side of the road when there is oncoming traffic. Common sense tells us to back away from the edge of a cliff. Does not common sense tell us that, if it’s obvious that hard times are coming, it might be a good idea to do what we can to prepare for those hard times?

“A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.” Proverbs 22:3

All this leads to one of the main reasons we are writing about these issues in our blog – to encourage others to prepare! The more people who take even rudimentary steps to prepare for hard times, the better off we will ALL be when hard times inevitably come. We’ll all be at different levels, and when the time comes it may or may not be enough, but as you make your purchasing decisions in the coming months, we encourage you, by faith guided by prayer, to make the choice to be an ant instead of a grasshopper.

It’s the Christian thing to do!

Be an ant, not a grasshopper!

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Contributed by Scott Morefield of A Morefield Life.

Scott’s articles have appeared on Natural News, Liberty Crier, Infowars, Wake-Up World, and many other sites, including A Morefield Life where he and his wife, Kim, share their marriage and parenting journey. He is the founder of the brand-new website The Ninny State, where he hopes to document and ridicule government ninnyisms from coast to coast.

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  • http://Simplysurvivingtoday.blogspot SimplySurviving

    Wonderful! Thank you! :)

  • Wolf

    I am a Christian. That said, I will also vigorously defend my family. Mind your own business and leave us alone or your head better be covered with level 4 protection, because it will be the only thing to stop my.338. Or will it?

    • SKIP

      WOLF! have you fired the COR-BON .338 Lapua rated at 5300fps? Interested to know how it kicks in a bolt action weapon. I have fired an M14 with a blocked blow back piston (when in the military) for extra range and it kicked like a wrecking ball hitting me.

      • Wolf

        I love firing it, but dislike wasting the ammo. We will need every last round.

        • SKIP

          What is the recoil like? My wife should want to and be able to fire it accurately. Yeah, it is expensive stuff, but at 5300fps it should be able to punch through most anything such as, sayyyyyy watermelons and pumpkins:)

          • Wolf

            I can re-aquire target pretty fast but Im over 200 lbs and in good shape. It would even penetrate pumpkins and melons layed in kevlar!

  • Michael

    The Bible says in Matt5:45 “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

    So yes Christians should prepare. We are not immune.
    Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”.

    Need I quote more? Pretty self explanatory if you ask me.

  • Ken, your UK friend

    Hi! Many people I know feel like partying, enjoying near eternal rivers of wine. There is much to be said for this because c’mon who really has the right skills to survive an oil shortage as gangs in the street knock your pretty prepper door and make you an offer you can’t refuse? I choose to prep, roughing it, my decision, no family, over-qualified for most jobs I applied for, so I ended up in Call Centres still living with my parents decades later because women have a 6th sense and avoid the man who cannot provide. However, I fell asleep drunk in snowdrifts, Kiruna, Sweden, so when things are ticking over nicely I get bored and cause mischief. However, when the chips are down and you really are down on your dough I come into my own as friend you are glad to have on your team. Crisis manager? Heavens No. Just a Born Again survivor. I always pull through. I’m an ugly son of a bitch but someone up there must look down kindly on me:-) Thankyou for listening and God Bless.

    • SKIP

      I am one of many that DOES have the skills and determination to survive the roving gangs and not because I can kill and prepare a deer but because I can, and have killed, men and I don’t consider big city urban thugs to be human so no problem there. I am also capable and willing to help like minded civilized people.

  • jay

    Worth noting later joesph became a dictator after and took everything away from the people…just sayin. Keep reading the later verses and one will find the truth.

  • http://www.roywrt.blog.ca Roy Patterson

    We are going to have bad times ahead. With a $16.5 Trillion Dollar national debt and growing every day, some is going to happen sooner or later. All you hear from Washington we need to raise the debt ceiling. This debt can’t and never will be repaid. What is going to happen when the interest on the debt is more than we can pay? When we can’t replay everyone will trying to get out of the dollar and guess what? Run-A-Inflation and a depression 10 times worse than the 1930′s depression
    Everyone needs to prepare. Some Christians tell me that God will rapture us out before it get too bad. Just because it says that in the Bible doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.
    Everyone needs to prepare for the coming bad times and stand tall against the godless hordes in Washington.
    Being a Christian is much more than just going to church every saturday or sunday. You have to stand tall against evil every day. The sad part is that most so-call christians aren’t doing that.

    • Manwhoiswideawake

      When will people wake up and realize that the RAPTURE is a myth!!! We will all be tested in the future.How will you respond?

    • Michael D. Peters

      Everyone needs to prepare. Some Christians tell me that God will rapture us out before it get too bad. Just because it says that in the Bible doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

      You are confused my brother. If GOD say’s it will happen, it will happen. Look at what is going on in Syria and then read Isaiah 7:1-3.

      It may not happen as man invisions it or on man’s time line but sure as GOD is, His word cannot be changed reguardless of how hard some try.

  • SKIP

    What Christians really need to do is make every effort to keep muslims out of Amerikistan or buy new prayer rugs. Note the ongoing slaughter of Christians in other countries controlled by muslims and think it can’t happen in Amerikistan! Weapons! not prayer, will save you and if you believe otherwise then perhaps the muslims should wipe Christianity from the planet.

  • Nexus789

    Religious crap.. Religion is a human construct. Big rock vaporises the earth and goodbye religion.

  • Ken, your UK friend

    One may despise Religion because one doesn’t like being told, near scolded, what to do. However, it is a duty upon all men to understand that the vibes we put out will always find a sneaky way of coming home to roost. Skip’s views are not helpful. No I don’t preach but he needs to search inside for some answers. My inspiration is the Shao Lin monks of ancient China. Peace loving men who seek zero trouble yet saw how wars, revolutions and menacing political movements have a nasty habit of finding you. The Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared!” so fellow preppers unite and enjoy brotherhood. Thankyou for listening. Peace!

    • SKIP

      Ken, I have been in foxholes under fire, been shot a number of times, been badly stabbed several times and seen some of the most horrific things that had been done to people than I hope you know. Most of those things have been done in the name of one or another god so if there is a god and I make it to those pearly gates, I believe I will have less to answer for than a lot of professed believers in god. I make no apologies for my beliefs, thoughts or actions and I have never done anything in combat that I am ashamed of and I sleep will at nights, though I only sleep aroung 5 hours a night due to those aforesaid injuried bothering me in my old age. No offense meant at all Ken, just my views.

      • SKIP

        Sometimes I think we need an EDIT period after we post, my spelling is lacking sometime and the only explanation I can offer is that my typing speed is faster than my thinking speed:)

  • Nathan

    I enjoyed the article and found it intelligent and thought provoking. I was brought up with the mindset of not relying on others to provide for me and my family and have taken extensive steps to prepare for the “unthinkable”. I would typically forward a link to this site on to my friends, but after reading the comments posted on this site I would be embarrassed to be associated with many (not all) who would so easily throw away human life and view this world as the only thing to hold on to. Yes, all four points above are agreeable, but let’s not forget that if you really do believe in the Bible as inspired by God then we, as Christians, are just passing through – we are aliens in this land! Prepare and be good stewards, but don’t elevate your physical survival above the spiritual survival of your fellow man. Do not fear man who is able to kill the flesh, but fear God who has the power to send your soul to hell. We should be prudent to see to it that not only our physical needs are taken care of, but the needs of our souls as well. What I hear from the lips of many shows all to clearly what the condition of their hearts are – no wonder our nation has fallen so far from Faith, Hope, and Charity. Humble yourselves and pray – please!

  • brasstaxx

    The question is absurd.

  • http://godsfingers.wordpress.com Dan Long

    Great article, great writing style. But then, it’s not unlike mine ;-)

    That said, I usually caution to seek diligently what God would have you do. Some would be prone to cause themselves premature destitution while prepping. Only God knows what’s ahead for you. Maybe you’ll need the resources, maybe you’re prepping for someone else’s benefit, maybe God has you prepared to operate totally on faith.

    But it is true, now, even before EOWAWKI, to be prepared in season and out of season to help and minister to the poor and needy (ummm, not lazy).

    Great article anyway!

  • walt

    Love thine enemy! Do not kill in hate, but preservation of righteousness.
    Unless you be like them.

  • Byron

    Yes Christians should prepare But, it’s hard to totally prepare for all the scheming plans done behind closed locked doors of a fearful bunch of Devil loving freaks!

  • hubert

    All the signs are around us if we are not sleep?Mathew 24-all the signs of the end times we are living in

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