This is a time to simplify our faith. We can rely on things to support our faith that may not be there when a life crisis takes place. Reducing our faith to its simplest functional form allows it to move with us unhindered through the difficult seasons of life. It’s also a faith that will be spiritually alive when the time of rebuilding begins somewhere in the future.
Much of our modern life functions on the platform of stability. This stability is present when there are no disruptions in power and technology. If the proverbial plug gets pulled in times of crisis or disaster, those things that we relied upon without questioning the viability of their continued and uninterrupted service become defunct and of no use.
Considering the instabilities that are looming on the horizon of our culture, I wanted to research how to prepare for uncertain times. Food and water, a portable energy source and various tools for survival were topics of interest. To be prepared when the stable status quo vanishes is not a bad idea.
I listened to one video presentation where I heard about the handful of items we would need in times of social unrest or disaster. The presenter said our grocery stores have only about 3 days of available food after a crisis strikes. Cut the supply chain and the shelves will empty quickly as will the common sense and decency of our fellow citizens whose panic buying will resemble a frenzied looting more than a calm and reasoned stroll down the grocery aisle.
Of the several things the presenter shared that we will need to survive, one item he suggested caused me to pause. He said we need Bitcoin and other crypto currencies. I began to scratch my head. If the Internet goes down and a person has no access to their online crypto currency account, what good is it when you are hungry, thirsty, and afraid? When people are in a crisis mode, and food, water and shelter are their immediate needs and no one can access the Internet, a practical and reasonably prepared person who resembles a self-sufficient farmer of a century ago will have it much better.
While it is important to consider the negative outcomes of life and make wise and practical preparations, it is even more important to do the same in matters of our faith. What do we need to survive spiritually when the familiar and stable parts of life vanish? We need less than we have been led to believe. Like the lessons I learned about being prepared for the unthinkable, we need to make sure we are not relying on a crypto currency version of faith that will not be there when we need it most.