While I am not a pessimist, I do believe that Christians should prepare for very difficult days ahead. If you are planning on Social Security or even a corporate pension to support you, you may be standing on a bridge of mist.
I suggest that everyone develop a second profession or trade. A lawyer should learn carpet laying; a physician should learn to refinish furniture; a teacher should learn plumbing; a salesman should learn small engine repair. And everyone should plant a garden—and not only for health reasons.
Make plans now to get out of debt personally and corporately. Churches should start debt retirement projects. If I were a pastor of a church that owned multi-acres, I would seriously consider selling a few acres to pay off the debt.
Of course, churches can’t put every building program on hold and not make moves that circumstances require, but I would move slowly with any building program whether for a church or a business.
If (when) total financial collapse comes, the cities will be madhouses, so make plans to get your family to safety—that means at least 20-30 miles from a metropolitan area. Property values are still reasonable in small towns and a wise investment might be to buy a rental that you could move to when dangerous times arrive. Or you could buy a lot on a lake or a mountainside and put a mobile home on it. You could always rent it or retire there if the future turns rosy.
We will be going back to the days when 8 or 10 family members live in the same house because of difficulty in renting or buying a house. Older people will live with their married children and grandchildren—three generations in the same house. Dumpies—Destitute Unprepared Mature People will be everywhere. Few people will drive a new car and vacations will be short, or non-existent. People will once again learn to “make do” with what they have.
It would be prudent to purchase some freeze-dried food from some survival outfit and a few five gallon cans of wheat and corn. The food you ate today traveled 1500 miles to get to your table. Will food and fuel be transported if the terrorists hit delivery trucks, bridges, and tunnels leading to major cities? You should also have many gallons of water packed away for an emergency. Most people think such suggestions are extremist, but not so.
Our grandparents would not have considered having empty pantries. After all, disasters do happen, don’t they? A wise person plans for all contingencies as much as is possible. If the water is not used, pour it on your garden, and eat the stored food. After all, the price of food will not go down.
If there is a financial collapse, you can count on a breakdown of law and order. Surely there is no question about that. In event of riots, it would be wise to have a couple of guns and ammo available! What! A Christian shooting someone? Yes, in my home it will happen if necessary. If a mob kicks down my door, be assured that they will be shot. Then I will expect a commendation from the governor for doing all people in Georgia a favor! It is very “Christian” to protect your family.