Tonight, I visited a website call American Preppers Network. It was suggested, at an outlet that I write for, that perhaps this phenomena deserved better attention. So, I took a look. And these words may come back to bite me later, but I laughed -- out loud. The definition of a prepper (which I wrongly thought was a carbonated beverage) according to the site, is:
Prepper (noun): An individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances or lifestyle without significant reliance on other persons (i.e., being self-reliant), or without substantial assistance from outside resources (govt., etc.) in order to minimize the effects of that change on their current lifestyle.The picture in the banner shows an Amish farmer, fresh vegetables and longhorn steer. Now, last I checked, Amish were considered a religious cult, not just self-reliant (and they do shop at grocery stores and go to McDonald's). So, what exactly is this site espousing? Should we all start to live communally, hoard food, stockpile guns (you can hit the hot button for gun & archery clubs) and be ready to drink the Kool-Aid when the aliens arrive (God forbid)?
Perhaps some secluded back pasture land in Montana would be sufficiently isolated? Oh, about 1000 acres or so would work.
Seriously, there is much to be said about being ready. The idea of preparing for a catastrophe is not a bad one. But, we cannot exit the world to live an isolated existence. We are called to love our neighbor, to love him and not to abandon him. What good will it do to serve yourself at the expense of your neighbor? What world will you inherit if it should come to nuclear Armageddon? Won't you be alone with your canned goods, dead oxen and lots of ammunition -- if you should survive the fall out, that is?
I am called to be in the world, not of it. If God is with me, who can be against me? (Cf. Rom 8:31)
What are you afraid of?
You should be fearing God.