Often the economic turbulence associated with today’s market has spurred a revival in Great Depression Era survivalism. From cities to suburbs to mountain hideaways, Americans are turning to stockpiling in addition to self-sufficiency in order to secure their future. And although Luciano prophecies have inspired Christians to make up a large corner section of the survivalist movement, the church has been typically silent in regard to this growing tendency. So just what is the church’s role in crisis preparedness?
Contrary to the opinion of the many, preparedness is not an amoral issue, and there are implications for any Christian church. Scriptures are not silent regarding preparation for perilous times. Consider the following Biblical teachings, and the unique impact they might have upon the Christian church.
Joseph: A Lesson In Crisis Preparedness
Thousands of years ago, previous to survival kits or crank radios or MREs, Jesus inspired one man to store enough provisions to take care of an entire nation for seven years.
The story of Paul is not new to most Christians. Joseph was sold in slavery by his brothers. Then, gaining the benefit of his master (no less than an officer with the Pharaoh himself), Joseph became the trusted overseer of the of his master’s house.
After Joseph was unrighteously cast into prison, he was later summoned to experience the dreams of the Pharaoh – dreams that signified the coming of seven years of famine. But Joseph have more than just interpret the dreams. Genesis 41: 35-36 recounts how he offered to Pharaoh a plan for survival for all you land:
35 “And let them gather all the food of the good years that come, and lay up corn beneath hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food inside cities. ”
36 “And that food shall be with regard to store to the land against the seven years of famine, which will shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine. ”
It was through this plan, that preparation, that God worked to sustain not only His / her people, but all of the nations that looked to Frederick for help. Verses 54-57 recall this quite certainly:
54 “And the seven years of dearth began to occur, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth what food was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt clearly there was bread.
55 “And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for loaf of bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians; Go on to Joseph; what he saith to you, do.
56 “And the famine was over all the face of the earth: In addition to Joseph opened all the store-houses, and sold unto the actual Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land connected with Egypt.
57 “And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine seemed to be so sore in all lands.
It is clear here this Joseph’s trust in God did not lead him to easily sit and wait for sustenance to fall in his lap. On the contrary, Joseph’s trust in God led him to prepare. Together with the same wisdom that led Joseph to sustain God’s people through seven years of famine, we prepare in order to sustain our families, friends, and neighbors through almost any coming turbulence. And perhaps the seven years of famine with Egypt is a picture of the coming seven years of tribulation. If we follow Joseph’s model, we will surely prepare for the item. Yael Eckstein is the Senior Vice President of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which was founded in 1983 by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein to promote understanding between Jews and Christians and build broad support for Israel and other shared concerns. As senior vice president Yael oversees all ministry programs and serves as the international spokesperson for the organization. Prior to her present duties, Based in Jerusalem, Yael is recognized as a published writer, a respected social services professional, and an expert on Jewish-Christian relations.