My comment: 1Timothy 5:8 ‘But if anyone does not proved for his own, and especially for those of his household he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.’
Does being a prepper show a lack of faith in God? Should good Christians reject prepping altogether? Yesterday, someone actually accused me of being “anti-faith” because I am encouraging people to prepare for the coming economic collapse. This person believes that if I had faith, then I would make “no provision” for what is ahead and simply trust “in God’s providence alone”. So is that person right? Is it really “anti-faith” to prepare for the coming economic collapse? I spent quite a bit of time thinking about these questions today.
Those that visit my site on a regular basis know that I am a Christian and I am very open about that fact. I am someone that places a very high value on faith. The Scriptures tell us to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”. Without God, none of us has any hope. In fact, without God I would probably be dead by now.
But faith is not about sitting on your couch and waiting for God to do everything for you. Rather, faith is about taking action on what God has directed you to do.
What I don’t understand is why any of these Christians that are 100% against prepping continue to go to work. If we are to make “no provision” for ourselves and simply trust “in God’s providence alone”, then why do they need to earn a paycheck? Why can’t they just sit home and wait for God to fill up their bank accounts?
Yes, God can do mind blowing supernatural things that require absolutely no participation on our part. I know, because it has happened to me. But the vast majority of the time, God works with us. He requires us to take steps of faith and obedience, and in the process He leads us, He guides us, He blesses us and He opens doors for us.
The story of Noah is a perfect example of this. He was perhaps the very first “prepper”. God could have kept Noah and his family safe from the flood by transporting them to some sort of very comfortable “heavenly waiting area” and brought them back when everything was dry, but He didn’t do that. Instead, God warned Noah about what was coming and ordered him to build a boat.
So did Noah just sit back and wait for God to do everything for Him? No, he exercised his faith by taking action. He believed the warning and he built a giant boat. In Hebrews 11:7, Noah is commended for his radical faith which produced radical action…
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
Faith almost always involves action. God wants to see if we are going to believe Him and do what He has instructed us to do.
And the amount of faith that Noah exhibited was staggering. The boat that he and his family built was approximately the size of a World War II aircraft carrier. It took a very, very long time to build that boat and collect all of the food and supplies for his family and for all of the animals.
And surely Noah must have gotten very tired of all of the mocking as he warned everyone else about what was coming for decades.
But in the end, Noah’s prepping paid off. He and his family were saved, and everyone else drowned.
Unfortunately, there are lots of Christians out there today that are 100% against preparing for what is ahead, even though they will admit that an economic collapse is coming.
The individual that accused me of being “anti-faith” is an example of this. The following is an excerpt from the message that this person wrote to me…
Now, although I agree with you about the things you write about the corruption of the financial system, and that there will be a collapse, yet I do not agree with you in promoting people to be self-sufficient contrary to the Lord’s teaching. If you truly have God then no provision needs to be made at all for yourself, just trust in God’s providence alone.
This individual agrees that a collapse is coming, but insists that we should do absolutely nothing to prepare for it.
Is that really what God would have us do?
In Genesis 41, God revealed to Joseph that there would be seven good years followed by seven lean years. So did Joseph party for seven years and “trust in God’s providence alone” for the lean years?
No, Joseph engaged in an “emergency food storage project” unlike anything that the world had ever seen up until that point. By heeding God’s warning and taking action, he ended up saving the nation of Egypt and his entire family.
Some people believe that preparing for hard times means that you are “fearful”, but I don’t see it that way at all.
Rather, I believe that there is hope in understanding what is happening and that there is hope in getting prepared.