Writing about preparing your heart for hard times ahead can bring disagreement between Christian groups as well as unbelievers. Some of us think self-defense and preparation will be necessary. Others trust God will provide all our needs. The first group believes we must defend ourselves and many in the latter group promote peace at all cost even unto death.
I have confidence Jesus expects us to prepare for these dark days. The following are examples of God warning his people and telling them to get ready.
- God had Noah build the ark in preparation of the flood.
- He sent Joseph to Egypt. When the forewarning of a famine came, Joseph stored food for seven years so there would be enough. When the drought came upon the land Joseph’s family was saved as well as all of Egypt.
- Revelation was written to warn of evil times ahead and the call to return to God. I do not know if we are actually getting close to the end. But evil is growing.
I am in ‘the prepare your heart’ group. I believe Jesus gives us the right and obligation to defend ourselves and our families because the time will come we will be persecuted.
Luke 22:35-38 (NKJV)
35 And He said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?” So they said, “Nothing.” 36 Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. 37 For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’ For the things concerning Me have an end.” 38 So they said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” And He said to them, “It is enough.” John 15:20 (NKJV) 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
Jesus makes it clear…people persecuted Him and considered him an outlaw. He implies the same will happen to his followers. So, He tells his disciples, if you don’t own a sword, go buy one. I interpret this to mean we have the right and obligation to defend ourselves and above all our children.
In our society, negative feelings about faith and Christianity in particular are common. There is a deliberate effort to remove any mention of God, Jesus or faith from our government, schools and workplaces. In our universities, people of faith are ridiculed and belittled by zealous professors and students. Young children cannot wear any clothing to school that speaks of Christian faith without being asked to remove it. Any time we disagree with the prevailing opinion of the media or politically correct, we are mocked.
My heart aches even considering what is ahead, what could happen. I’m certain many struggle with this. However, it’s important to settle what you’ll do and how you’ll react now. Here are some questions to consider.
- What do you believe and going to do when faced with situations out of your control? Food and fuel shortages, possible bank closures…you get the picture.
- Would you pull the trigger and shoot someone who tries to steal from you or kill you for your supplies. (If any of this happens, people will become distressed. Desperate people will steal, hurt or killing others to provide for themselves and their families.)
- Do you have like-minded friends or family you can band together with in hard times? People who are willing to defend you if need be?
- Have you resolved your potential actions with your faith?
When asked ‘What would Jesus do?’ by a sister in the Lord, I had to search my own heart. I accept: Jesus loves us and died for us (for everyone). He wants us to live long and happy lives free from worry. He taught we should be giving and share with others. We are the light of the world. Yet, He also warned us the days would become evil and dark. He warned us we would be persecuted. He told us parents would turn against children and children against parents. Nothing could be more heart breaking. And He told us to buy protection.
This brings us back to the beginning. Is your heart prepared to protect and defend your family? Do you have the food and shelter needed to survive if chaos reigns? Jesus died for me…protecting me from eternal death. Should I do any less to protect and defend my family? Should you?
None of this is easy to contemplate. No one wants to consider how far our nation will have to fall to bring us to this kind of chaos. The fact is I’m not sure I could pull the trigger and shoot someone. This is why I’m writing about this now. I’m preparing my own heart.