Tuesday, November 22, 2011
As a prepper, it seems that more often than not, I am called on to defend my preparedness position. Whether it is a fellow Christian questioning my faith or just some curious soul baffled by the notion that I think there may come a time when electricity, food or medical care may not available, I have to be ready with an answer. I have written numerous blog posts defending our lifestyle and even a post, Preparedness Apologetics, which biblically exhorts readiness. But still there are skeptics.
As I pondered the skeptics, I thought of C.S. Lewis. Years ago, I read a little volume written by Mr. Lewis entitled "Mere Christianity". It was a wonderful book, filled with wisdom, but one story, in particular, stuck with me like a burr. The story of which I speak told the tale of Mr. Lewis engrossed in a conversation with a rather stubborn non-believer. Mr. Lewis worked his way through all of the standard pro-Christ arguments, to no avail. The non-believer was having none of it - he was convinced that there was no greater point to life than living for himself. He was certain that death was final. Lights out. Darkness. Nothing. Why, he questioned, would you bother burdening yourself with "right and wrong" and "good and bad", when, in the end, it didn't matter anyway? Why would you struggle and suffer to serve a god you couldn't see and touch, that you couldn't KNOW was really there, when you could take the path of least resistance and still have the same end result? Why, indeed.
C.S. Lewis, listening to this mans reasoning, was struck with a logic so simple that it was perfect. He reasoned that if this man was correct in his conviction that life was nothing more than a temporary adventure into conscious thought which concluded with drawing your final breath, then he (C.S. Lewis) was covered - he would be O.K. He concluded that because he served God, his life had been well lived. He had lived with meaning and purpose, discipline and conviction. He had helped the poor and treated others kindly. He had lived with joy. If life was nothing more than an adventure on the road to death - he would have made the most of it. And in the end, he would be fine.
If, however, he (C.S. Lewis) was right, and there was one true God and Jesus Christ was His son, he would still be fine. He would have served his Lord well, he would have finished the race and he would hear the words "Well done my good and faithful servant". The stiff, necked unbeliever sitting next to him, however, would not be O.K. He would be cast into eternal damnation, separated forever from the God who created him. There would be no second chance, no do-over. There would be nothing but fire.
The same logic applies to life as a prepper. What if TEOTWAWKI never happens? What if the lights stay on and food is always readily available? Will I have lived my life burdened by overwhelming foreboding? Heaven forbid! I will have gained wisdom, skill and contentment. I will have served my family. I will have cared for my neighbors. My children will be disciplined and creative. They will have marketable skills - medical, technical, organizational, food preparation, high density storage, mechanical, sewing - the list goes on. Our family will have played together, laughed together and pulled together. If nothing ever happens, we will be O.K.
But, what if something does happen? If you haven't prepared, what will you do? If the lights go out, will you be O.K.? If you can't find a doctor or a dentist, will you know what to do? Can you provide food for your family and the other people that will depend upon you? If the world as you know it ends tomorrow, will you be O.K.? I will.
And, there you have it - the logic of C.S. Lewis. Preparing for tomorrow, whether you are preparing your soul for eternity or your larder for TEOTWAWKI, is the wise choice. When the end of the world comes, whether the grid goes down or I draw my last breath, I will be O.K. Will you?