June 25, 2017

Some of the Reasons People Don’t Prepare

Some of the Reasons People Don't Prepare

There are a few reasons that people could give for not being prepared that I could absolutely get behind (Not like you need my approval). If it is a stumbling block for your faith, by all means, do not prepare. If your finances are stretched so tight that you have no money to put up anything extra, while you can still make preparedness plans, I do not think you should try and stretch your finances any thinner.

However, for most people, those are not the reasons. Here are some reasons that I have heard people give for not being prepared, with names that I came up with, mostly because I think I am clever.
Birds and flowers Matthew 6:25-34

In these verses, Jesus is telling of how much the Father loves the birds, but that they don’t worry about food or clothing. The key here is the word “worry”. This verse isn’t against preparing but against worrying.
God Will Provide

There are some people who say that in an emergency, “God will provide”. I would like to ask them if they are trusting in the Lord to miraculously put food on their table today. If the answer is “yes” and He is, fine. If the answer is “no”, and He is not, I would ask what makes them think He will start in their emergency.

“If God gives you a watch, are you honoring Him more by asking Him what time it is or by simply consulting the watch?” A.W. Tozer
Not me and Not Here

People might not actually say this, but I know some believe it. Bad things only happen to other people, or in other places, not to them or in America. I think this type of thinking comes in large part from how blessed we have been as a nation. Aside from 9-11 and Katrina, most of us haven’t experienced a wide scale traumatic event and as horrible as those two were, not many of us were directly affected.

Another reason people don’t think they need to prepare is that they don’t want to think about the fallen-ness of this world. Seeing the evil we do to one another, day after day, in city after city and country after country can, for some people, be too much. It’s much more comfortable to keep the rose colored glasses on. But remember Proverbs 27:12:

“A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”

By not being aware, Solomon calls them simpletons. There are days when the evil of this world has me homesick. At those times, I pray for those afflicted by the evil and ask God for strength and wisdom, but I still move forward, and stay vigilant.

Fear of Being The Boy Who Cried Wolf

There are some who do not want to seem like alarmists. They differ from the ostrich in that they might see a possible danger, but won’t sound the alarm in case they’re wrong. The catch is that the boy who cried wolf eventually met a real wolf.

The Anti-Doomer is afraid people might think they actually want the stuff to hit the fan. I have actually heard of a few people who think this of preppers, so I know it exists. I would ask them if they have car insurance. When they say “yes”, I would ask them if they want to get into an accident. No one wants the pain we think is on its way, we just want to minimize how much it hurts us.

I can’t afford it (but check out my new laptop)

If you truly can’t afford prepping, that’s one thing If you can’t afford it because you want “toys”, well that’s a completely different thing. It does take a financial commitment but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. I could build a decent kit for $20 at the dollar store. Would it be a great kit? No, but it would be a start.
I’m Not a Hoarder

Prepping is not hoarding. Prepping is what is done when there is plenty to be had, before an event. Hoarding is going to the store right before or during an event and buying more then you need. Prepping is actually a benefit to the system, because the people who are prepared are not a drain on the system.
Good Old Uncle Sam

Another argument is that the government will help take care of people in an emergency. The Government didn’t do so well right after hurricane Katrina. They didn’t do well at all. People went hungry and thirsty; many were taken to the Superdome. The conditions there quickly melted down; overburdened from too many people and not enough resources. Violence and rape broke out. There were days of lawlessness both in the Superdome and in the affected area.

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  1. bruce smith says:

    great post.. I am going to share it and direct people here to answer and comment.. This is an important issue that I am facing right now on American Preppers Network CT preppers forum.. People in CT are for the most part not preparing for what is coming or even for what is occuring as we post. Ostriches with their heads in the sand or people that are preparing and just not telling anyone else because of fear..

  2. Great post Chris. I have heard some of these myself. The only one of yours that caught me off guard was I couldnt count on Uncle Sam. Man, there goes plan A…back to the drawing board I guess. :)….I hope you can feel the sarcasm there.

  3. Nancy Sims says:

    Excellent article. Even some loved ones just can’t bring themselves to prepare. As for the “what if it never happens” theory, I let them know i’ll just be ahead of the game with food and supplies…start using it, and save my food money at that time. Then there is the “normalcy bias”, as it was with Hitler. Some people just can’t believe these things could possibly ever happen. So sad what’s happening to our society right in front of our eyes.
    Keep prepping, keep praying, and know that God is in charge.
    Thank you again for all you do Chris.
    A friend in Jesus, Nancy

  4. Having also heard several of the same replies makes me realize that not all will even see the need to prepare for their own logical/illogical rational. And there is not much that I can do to change that.
    I equate it to the witnessing of Christ. You present that the need is there, and the end results are equally terrifying, but it really does come down to a personal choice. In both senarios, one can come away from the discussion very saddened when the advice, and concern for others is ignored. More so when it is ignored by close brothers and sisters in Christ.
    The show Doomsday Preppers is starting to open more eyes, and is creating an awareness in that people are seeing others preparing and there then come a “join the crowd” mentality. Others are doing it, maybe I should too. It does make them consider the possibilities of a chaotic situation happening in the future as it relates to the decline they see in life today.
    I will alway advocate that the more who are prepared, the greater the numbers who will not need to resort to evil to survive, or resort to begging the government to take care of them ( that will result in a lop-sided trade, of Freedom to slavery for crumbs of bread). They also will be in a better position to keep a system of working together for common good.

    I will say that Chris’s “gift idea” was one of the best ideas I have seen so far. Giving someone even a minimal amount out of Love and concern, may just get them to thinking about the possibilities.

    • Chris Ray says:

      You’re correct, there are many similarities, another one is that many won’t realize the need until it is too late.

      I haven’t seen Doomsday Preppers yet, but like you mentioned, it is opening some eyes. I actually had a conversation about prepping and shared the site with a co-worker after he brought the show up.

      I was going to say something in another comment about how I am surprised that so many people actually have depending on the government as their “just in case” plan. Then it dawned on me that it shouldn’t surprise me, that is most likely how they live day to day.

      I’m glad you liked the idea of the preparedness gifts, I think the worst that can happen is a few laughs behind the givers back. But if it gets some to start thinking then it might be worth the risk.

  5. Don Johnson says:

    Enjoyed the post. I was one of the tour bus drivers that went to New Orleans just after Katrina. They had us staged at a truck stop on I-10. There were semi’s loaded with water, ice, mre’s, but most were never moved the whole time I was there. I first thought that the mre’s were for the evacuees,but then after three days I found that they were for the bus drivers. I was actually told by the head of FEMA that I would be thrown off the property if I continued to pass out mre’s and water to the evacuees that were making their way out to the truckstop. I was told that they wanted people to leave New Orleans and that buy giving them food and water they would want to stay. Under martial law all bets are off, the constitution is no longer in affect, the military is in complete control. All I know is that no one is going to take better care of your family than you will. Pray and ask the Lord to show you what you need to do to prepare. If nothing much happens then you will have plenty to share with people already in need.

    • Chris Ray says:

      That is good insight into what things will be like if you have to depend on the government. I agree with praying for guidance, it has served me well.

  6. I have read a lot about this topic. Most people just don’t want to regonize the problem. People get by day to day dealing with all lifes issues, stresses etc..When faced with an extreme obsticle or problem, even though they can see it coming. They will ignore it. It is there way of dealing with it, act like it could never happen. This could be because in U.S. we have been spoon fed by the goverment since birth to rely on the govenment. That’s exactly the was the goverment wants it. They want you to believe that your God given rights are given to you through them and not God. My God states that I should pay my taxes and pray for my leaders and I do that. Some times it seems like that does not help, Washington is corrupt. Super pacs and big business run the U.S. Their greed will be our down fall, then there will be no goverment and we will have to start over with our God given rights and the constitution. Those that prepare have a leg up on those that don’t.

  7. Awesome post, Chris. Thanks, especially for the verses. I love that “not against prepping but against worrying”….excellent point !!

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