A few months ago I wrote this post about whether or not prepping shows a lack of faith –http://thescholarlyredneck.com/2012/09/does-preparedness-show-a-lack-of-faith/
This past week a Facebook conversation led me to go deeper into this subject. I mentioned in passing that I was a prepper and received a response saying that Catholics shouldn’t be preppers and a lot of angst filled reasons why they were not buying into prepper fearmongering.
I don’t know this person. I was just commenting on a friend’s post, but it seems by what they said that there was a lot of anxiety around Y2K for them and they were determined to not get caught up in that again. It’s a wise thing to do because there is a lot of hype and extremism out there. I also think we need to guard against throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
I responded with the comment below. I think it is a balanced way to view prepping from a Christian perspective which as a calling and vocation with a focus on trusting God over trusting the work of our own hands and living in faith rather than anxiety about the future.
You are basing preparedness on an image from the media and of how a certain subset of preppers think. I see preparing as good stewardship. It is part of my vocation as wife, mother and keeper of my home.
I don’t prepare out of anxiety. I prepare by practicing skills that I may need, by keeping some extra food in storage, by preserving my harvest, by making plans for what I might do in an emergency, by thinking about how I’m going to help my neighbors, etc.
I don’t worry about gaps in my plan. I continue to be diligent and know that God will lead me to prepare as needed as Joseph did with storing the grain in Egypt and trust in faith as the Hebrews did with manna in the desert.
Preparing in itself is not a lack of trust in God. I see it as his leading me to have things in place when inevitable hard times hit. If prepping is producing anxiety you are doing it wrong. If you are placing your faith in your preps, you are also doing it wrong. God’s creatures gather food for the coming winter. All of humanity had to do it before we had mass produced food. It is a natural part of life.
In real life food is seasonal–by God’s design. You can buy tomatoes every day of the year in stores, but in the real world in places that have winter they are only here a couple of months out of the year. You get a whole new perspective on food and God’s providence when you start looking at things outside the modern system.
Prov 6:6-11 says…
“Go to the ant, you lazybones; consider its ways, and be wise.
Without having any chief or officer or ruler, it prepares its food in summer, and gathers its sustenance in harvest. How long will you lie there, O lazybones? When will you rise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want, like an armed warrior.”
In my opinion most people who think prepping is a lack of faith are still putting their faith in the systems of this world, particularly in very vulnerable food delivery systems. I prepare because God calls me to. I have no fear, no anxiety, and no trust that these things I do and have will save me. I trust in his providence in all that I do whether it is preemptive or after the fact.