November 23, 2014

Why I Prepare

Why I Prepare

I think a great way to start off the New Year is to go back to square one and define why it is, we do what we do.  You see Prepper’s or survivalist’s have never been treated kindly by the media, but there has been some new negativity since it was discovered that the mother of the Sandy Hook shooter was a prepper and owned guns.  I think it is important to have an easily understandable, well thought out answer if someone were to ask us why we prepare.   You might agree with some of the reasons I list.  If so, great!  Either way, please take some time to define why you prepare and to explain that you’re not a nut-job.  If you want to share with the community, please post your answers in the comments section.  If you don’t want to share, that’s fine too.  Please, at least be thinking of how you might answer if someone asks you.

I prepare because I have eyes to see and ears to hear.  I am awake and aware that there are some very real dangers in the world, things that happen every day.  Most of these things are small in nature; ice storms, blackouts, blizzards, etc.  We also are facing a failing infrastructure, a very fragile electric grid, just-in-time-delivery to grocery stores, as well as countries and terrorist groups who have vowed to attack America and our interests.

I prepare because it is a part of who I am.  No matter how the media spins it, I am not a “crazed doomsday survivalist”.  I am a pragmatic realist who, to the best of my ability, wants to mitigate the things that can have a negative impact on my life.

I prepare because Proverbs 27:12 says the prudent thing to do is take precaution when we see a danger.

I do not prepare out of fear.  I prepare so I do not have to be afraid.  I am prepared, and therefore, I am not afraid that my family won’t have clean drinking water, food to eat, a warm place to sleep or safety from the things that go bump in the night.

I prepare because I love freedom, and being evacuated to a stadium is not my idea of freedom.  If I lost everything and this was my only option, I would take it.  Anything short of that and we’ll take care of ourselves, thank you.

I prepare because I think doing so makes me a good citizen.  If there is ever a disaster in my area, I will not be a drain on precious resources.

I prepare because, in our hi-tech modern world, we have forgotten how hard a low tech life can be.  Just because we have on-demand everything now, doesn’t mean we always will.

I prepare because I have never expected others to do for me.  This isn’t my pride, if a hand is offered and I need it, I will accept, but I will never be in expectation of that hand being out.

I prepare because I have health insurance, dental insurance, car insurance, home owners insurance, life insurance and vision insurance, just in case something bad happens.  I see preparing for the five basic human needs as a type of insurance.

I prepare because I think it makes me a responsible Christian.  If I am prepared and my family is cared for, I am better able to be Christ’s hands and feet to others in a disaster.  Spreading God’s love doesn’t stop in a disaster; in fact one could argue it needs to be spread more in such a time.

 

My name is Chris Ray and I am a Prepared Christian.

 
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Comments

  1. bruce smith says:

    amen brother!!!! Good and thoughtful post…

  2. Chris, I have no need to make a post you said it for me. Thanks

  3. NurseSteve says:

    Well said, Chris!

    Happy New Year… thank you for helping me keep focused on prepping from a Christian perspective. I look forward to your posts.

    As an ER nurse on the frontlines of some of the worst our culture has to offer, I struggle to see the good.

    With the constant negativity of politics in an election year, natural disasters, mass shootings, I struggle to see the good.

    Living in a country where the media makes it the norm to believe same- sex marriage should be a right, where Kim Kardashian becoming pregnant by Kanye West…when she’s still married to a man she just married 11mo. ago…is supposed to be our big entertainment story, I struggle to see the good.

    I’m struggling…

    (Not sure this is appropriate to post on your blog. I’ll leave it to your discretion.)

    I truely meant to just post and thank you for what you do…

    • Chris Ray says:

      Thank you Steve. You give many reasons why it can be hard to see good or find joy. My next post later this week deals with just that, finding joy in the darkness. I hope it helps you some.

      I learned an Aramaic word Maranatha, that I use as a prayer when the yoke (thanks for the correction Bob) of this world gets heavy. It means “come quickly Lord”.

      God bless brother, hang in there.

  4. Chris,
    As usual wonderful post. You named every reason I prepare. Weather related issues, coming economic collapse, being laid off of my job, world instability, shortages of food because of droughts, shortages of medicines, but I think the biggest reason I prepare is because I feel the Holy Spirit urged me to do so. I do believe that the Lord will guide us if we will pray and listen to what he is saying. Why do I feel I am NOT a nut for doing so? Again, because of my faith. Yes, I have been made fun of and some family members have even distanced themselves but that’s okay to. If or when the time comes they will still be welcomed. May you and all your readers have a very Happy New Year and may we all ever be ready for come what may.

  5. Good word brother!
    Here’s one more for you.
    1Timothy 5:8 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. KJV

    The ESV version sounds a little stronger.
    1Timothy 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

  6. Margaret Kiemele says:

    Thank you Chris and Happy New Year to you, your family and blog readers.

    I was especially moved by Steve’s comments. Our daughter is an RPN and can certainly relate.
    I believe that this year more than ever – we need to become as diligent in hiding God’s Word into our hearts, as we are in storing water, food, batteries etc.
    This blog is so special because we can mix the practical – with the freedom to also share His Word.
    Each one of us – is so blessed because regardless of our age or position or location – God chose in His Divine plan to put us here for “such a time as this!” Each one of us has a part to play in being His salt and light to a sick and dying world!
    Steve – you have within you something to offer your patients that no one else can give. Never lose sight of His joy that is your strength! Phil 4:4-8

    4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

    5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

    6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

    7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

    8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].

    • Chris Ray says:

      Thank you Margaret I appreciate that. I agree that God has used this site to give people (myself included) a refuge and place to prepare not only for our physical needs, but to also prepare our minds and spirits as well.

    • Margaret,

      Thank you for those precious words….So true!

  7. John W Manuel says:

    I prepare because I have a family who depends on me to provide for their needs. If I amass all this knowledge and materials, and its for nothing then thats a lot better than needing it and not having it. I wish we lived in a utopian society, but we don’t. The Bible says that things will get worse. Thanks for doing this website, I have really enjoyed reading it

  8. My Father-in-law tells me the rapture will come before anything bad enough happens that we will need more than a week or two of supplies, and that everything beyond that (2 weeks supplies) will be wasted. My answer to him is that I am led by the Lord to make these preparations, and if the Lord takes us home with out us needing to use these supplies (which is my prayer) then they will be here for whoever the Lord leads to them.

    • Chris Ray says:

      Your father-in-law hold a popular belief, but I don’t agree. Were hurricanes Katrina, Sandy and others small things? There are an infinite number of things that could happen that have nothing to do with any Biblical timeline.

      But you are correct, if the rapture does happen then your supplies could be a huge blessing to someone. Leave some Bibles and other information with it.

      • Excomunicated Marine says:

        While the rapture is coming, we know not when. Being prepped is for the time in between. It is also to bless those poor souls left still trying to figure it out.

        God Bless you Chris, and all who support and follow you.

        Always allow for the miracles, and realize that they are often little things, like the stepping stones across a swamp.

        • Chris Ray says:

          You are right that we do not know when He will come back, or what could happen between now and then.

          Thank you for the blessing, and I return it to you.

      • Excomunicated Marine says:

        And Thank you for reaching out. My “excommunication” is self inflicted as I came to know my only true loyalty is to YHWH. To him I owe allegiance, my life and my sanity.

        Again God Bless your endeavors.

  9. Awesome…and Amen !

  10. I do so enjoy this site. Wish we were all close together in miles to form a church group.

    • Chris Ray says:

      I’m glad you enjoy the site Bobbie, that means a lot to me. I have had similar thoughts about wishing many of us lived near each other.

  11. Have just found you Website Chris and I am slowly going through it all. Thank you so much for your insight and greetings from Australia.

    In the Old Testament didn’t Joseph prepare during the 7 years of plenty, then during the following 7 years of famine, didn’t this preparedness save all the people who asked for help? That story is enough reason for me to try to follow suit for at least myself, family and immediate neighbours.

  12. Chris, I don’t post to often, but I do read your site…and I also share it with friends who are just now waking up…
    As Christians, we are constantly bombarded for having “lack of faith” for not trusting God if things go bad, so your site helps me to stay focused as we prepare for what we KNOW is coming!
    I would say Happy New Year, but I just can’t seem to say those words this year : /
    How about Happy Prepping Year? :D

    • Chris Ray says:

      I appreciate you reading, and commenting when you do. I do understand what you mean, I think we have all been there. Good on you for standing firm.

      Happy Prepping Year to you too :)

  13. I always think of the parable of the wise and foolish virgins as a reason to prepare. Also, it doesn’t have to be for an apocalypse or even a major disaster. Where I live, many of our water mains are more than 100 years old. If there’s a major break, the fact that I fill empty vinegar jugs with water will be a blessing.

    • Chris Ray says:

      that is an excellent point, the things that happen the most often are the smaller scale things that happen to a small area.

  14. I prepare greatly because I was directly hit by Katrina and I know that no one is responsible for my family but myself. My preps were the only insurance to pan out and because my family lived semi comfortable in the months of grid down life that followed. We were able to provide water and food to many who had not the hind sight, even though we were sufficiently warned. Prepping is the truest form of insurance and the only one in the end that came through. This life we live is fragile and we should all prepare for the future. Thanks for bringing sanity to a subject some have made into a mockery.

    • Chris Ray says:

      Thank you for the compliment Jennifer.

      I love to read about people who were prepared and because of those preparations were able mitigate some difficulty. God is good, thank you for following His prompting and preparing so that we can have one more practical example of why we should prepare.

  15. Todd Greisen says:

    Chris,

    I’m so happy to have just found your site! It’s been on my heart off and on for years to share how and why integration of my family’s spiritual and physical survival is essential. I’ve had some of the same questions, such as lack of faith with being physically prepared. You nailed it for me in the last two paragraphs of your reasons for being a prepared Christian.

    God willing, later this year I am presenting what I’ve learned on how these two subjects come together for our Men’s Group at the church we attend. God is opening up many scriptures as I begin preparing for this teaching. Your final paragraph of this article is the very foundation of what I plan to teach… be prepared yourself (spiritually and physically) so that you can serve God by serving others in time of need.

    Over time I’ll be pouring through the all information on your site. It is so refreshing to find a web home for believers who look at this subject through the context of the Bible and what it teaches us! While they have good intentions at best, or use fear-marketing to just make money in the worst cases, most of the prepper sites/blogs I’ve come across totally miss the eternal value of spiritual survival. Thank you, thank you!!! God bless you and your family!

  16. I know this is a little late, but I will share anyway.

    I use the same defense with non-preppers as non-believers. We agree, one of us is wrong. Who has more to lose by being wrong? The prepper (or believer) that is ready but doesn’t need it, or the non-prepper (or the non-believer) that needs it and doesn’t have it? One of the oldest prepper motto’s.

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