Should Christians Prepare for a War and Be Survivalists?
Sunday, August 17, 2008– This post has brought about a surprising number of hits which tells me that there may be an interest in Christians Preparing for the End Times, (The End Of The World As We Know It-TEOTWAWKI), in practical as well as theological/evangelistic terms. My articles on my Ruger Single Six .22 revolver are likewise catching a lot of hits. Therefore, I might consider expanding this area of study.
Thursday, August 14, 2008– In reading Townhall today I came across this amazingly scary article by Cliff May:
As a long time sci fi reader, all the way back to my childhood, including reading Swiss Family Robinson and Robinson Crusoe and Mysterious Island by Johann Wyss, Daniel Defoe and Jules Verne, I have long been acquainted with the subject of survivalism. One of my favorite childhood books was My Side of the Mountain that featured a young boy of about 12-14 yrs who spent a year in the Catskill Mountains on his own as a survivalist, living off of nature. In the Army I received some survival training and have read on the subject a bit since then.
I have also known several mormon families through the years. Elswhere in this blog I have written about mormon theology, but one of the interesting things about the LDS church is its teaching that every family should have a year’s worth of food stocked up in case of an emergency due to natural disaster or war. A lot of the survival shelters and equipment are manufactured or sold in Utah and a lot of the survivalist community are mormon.
This morning in reading Billy Marsh’s blog
he raised the question he got from an atheist blog about whether Christians even valued this world at all or whether we are just valuing the life to come. This is a very good and appropriate question that relates to the article by Cliff May. When it comes to a potential end of the world as we know it scenario, whether natural or man caused, do we as Christians hide our heads in the sand and think, “Surely the Lord will come back before THAT happens” or do we/should we actually consider that we might be called upon to live through an end of the world as we know it experience? Have not countless other Christians over the centuries experienced dreadful depredations where they were called upon to survive and endure? Are we so arrogant as to believe that our civilization could not be toppled without Jesus coming back to rescue us?
This leads me back to the point I am pondering: Should Bible believing born again believers be gun toting, food hording, bombshelter building survivalists? Let me phrase it this way: Should the Church earnestly seek to preserve a remnant to spread the gospel and minister to those around us in the event of an End of the World As We Know It event? Should this not be considered as a potential missionary opportunity?
Granted, I have poked around in the survivalist community enough to know that there are plenty of cynical, self absorbed people out there whose only interest is in saving their own behinds when/if the mad mullahs or commies push the button that starts WWIV. And there is always the chance that a rogue asteroid crashes or some other natural event brings about the new Dark Ages. But should we allow the few crack pots out there to cause us to not even consider the possibility of having to survive without electricity for a few months or years? Remember Hurricane Katrina?
All I can say is that you ought to read the Cliff May article and think about what it would be like for everything that is electric or electronic in your world to suddenly go fizzle, snap, crackle and pop, then stop working. No lights, no cell phones or microwaves, no cars, no running water or gas. All refridgerators stop cooling, no A/C or heaters, no tv or radio, no X-box or Nintendo. Welcome to caveman status. Now Christian, Church, how are we going to minister the gospel? If your cars wont work, how will you get to that church that is 20 miles from your home? Might have to start a bunch of house churches. Are you equipped for that? The mormons are. Why not the real Church of Jesus Christ?
I write a lot of things on this blog that can be considered on the border. My interpretations of Genesis have been heavily criticized, and my strong views about homosexuality, politics, islam and mormonism have riled some folks. So I would be disappointed if I did not receive any criticism for being a Christian Survivalist! I do want some serious dialog on this issue because I think the church really has its head in the sand on this one.