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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