One of the most common arguments we hear against prepping is that God will provide and protect the person from whatever calamities may be headed our way. My good friend Rick Rourke, owner of the Survival Retreat Yahoo Group, calls this Biblical Darwinism. He defines this term as following Bible based advice to the extent that it violates common sense and perhaps leads to demise.
This is perhaps best illustrated in this oft told joke.
One day, a massive storm rolls into a small town and the rain begins to flood the town. As the water rises, the preacher in the small church falls to his knees to pray. Soon, one of the townsfolk comes by in a small boat and says, “Preacher, hop in! The water is rising fast!”
The preacher replies, “I’m fine. If I need any help, the Lord will take care of me.”
The water continues to rise and the preacher soon seeks safety on the church roof. A short time later, another member of his congregation comes by in a boat. He hollers to the preacher, “C’mon and jump in! The levee is gonna break soon and we need to get you out of here!”
Again the preacher replies, “If I need any help, the Lord will take care of me.”
It isn’t too much longer and the preacher is clinging to the church steeple, with flood waters swirling around. A National Guard helicopter swoops down. One of the Guardsmen calls to him through a megaphone. “Preacher, grab this ladder! We’ll save you!”
The preacher hollers back, “No need! If I need any help, the Lord will take care of me!”
It isn’t too much longer and the preacher finds himself standing at the Pearly Gates. He is irate and demands to see God. “What is troubling you, my son?” asks God.
Shaking his finger at Him in defiance, the preacher says, “What happened? Why didn’t you protect me? All my life I’ve lived in accordance with Your wishes and this is how you repay my devotion?”
God replies, “Son, I sent you two boats and a helicopter. What more did you want?”
Here’s how I look at the whole “God will protect me” argument against prepping. I’m a Christian and fully believe God does have a plan. I also believe God has blessed us with the ability to make our own choices and, to a large degree, make our own destinies. Life is a gift and we should fight to protect and honor that gift.
I’m not nearly as well versed (no pun intended) with the Bible as many of my readers probably are. But, I know of absolutely no verse that boils down to, “You just sit there with your XBox/Playstation/Wii and God will take care of everything.”
Historically speaking, individuals, families, even large tribes survived the lean years by having set food and supplies aside when such things were plentiful. As a general rule, people didn’t let things go to waste. To look at it in Biblical terms, if God were to bless you with a bumper crop one year, wouldn’t it be sinful to let the excess sit and rot?
If you are a religious sort, I encourage you to continue your devotion to God. But temper it with common sense and practicality. Do not fall victim to Biblical Darwinism.