July 28, 2015

How to Prepare for a Zombie Apocalypse

Post by Brittany Tedesco

How prepared are you for a disaster like a widespread famine, electrical blackout, economic collapse, or zombie apocalypse? Do you have decent survival skills? Is your basement stockpiled with canned goods and/or dehydrated foods and weapons?

Photo credit: EraPhernalia Vintage . . . [''playin' hook-y''] ;o / Foter / CC BY-SA

A few months ago, during a seminar I attended on blogging, a couple shared how they were able to monetize the blog they'd started for fun. Their blog contained do-it-yourself advice, complemented with beautiful photography, on everything from home improvement, to cooking, to pet care. They were surprised, however, to learn that their most clicked-on page was how to regrow celery by simply cutting off the base of a celery stalk and planting it in top soil.

Curious as to why the celery tutorial was gaining so much traffic for their blog, they did a little research and discovered to whom they owed their gratitude: zombie apocalypse "preppers" who were reposting that link to their personal blogs and websites.

Apparently, an entire subculture believes a zombie apocalypse will occur, and they are determined to be prepared for that fateful day.

Business Insider even ranked the states in the U.S. from most to least likely to survive a zombie apocalypse based on the demographics of each state, factoring in how many people are obese or physically inactive versus how many are military personnel, triathletes, own guns, etc. According to their predictions, my state, Virginia, is destined to become Zombieland.

If I stop updating the blog, you'll know what happened to me.

Have I ever thought about stockpiling canned goods and weapons? Yes. I'll admit it. But not because I think zombies are going to take over. It's because of things like our staggering national debt. Are we headed the way of Greece? What should happen if our economy totally crashes?

Like Jesus would do, I plan to stockpile food in my house and keep guns loaded to blast away any of my hungry neighbors who should come a'knockin' for my canned goods.

Jesus wouldn't do that? Oh. Right.

What did He do? He walked by faith, trusting His Father for His daily provision. He didn't fret about tomorrow, didn't fear the future. He slept through a violent storm on a boat while others were terrified out of their minds.

Hear the words of Jesus: "Do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matthew 6:31-34 NIV).

If you're a born again believer, this applies to you. God is faithful to His own, at all times. Unlike those who've rejected Jesus Christ, Christians are under the constant shadow of His wings, no matter what happens.

If the world turns upside down, guess where we'll be? In the palm of His hand. Certainly not abandoned. Let's look at some examples.

Due to its debt crisis, Greece enacted capital controls, including closing its banks for three weeks.

Syrian refugees sleeping on the streets in Greece. Photo credit: Iefimerida

While many were affected, an indigenous ministry there that shelters and cares for Syrian refugees continued on, unfazed. The ministry leader and his wife, who provide food for hundreds of refugees, did not have a stockpile of emergency food. They assumed those under their care would go hungry as they could not obtain the funds necessary to purchase groceries.

To their surprise, however, several believers lent them cash, which enabled them to continue feeding the crowds. "Our prayers have been heard—crossing through the fire but nothing was touching us," writes the leader.

In a previous post, I wrote about a Guatemalan ministry that provides a fun, safe, and nourishing environment for neglected children who are vulnerable to gang recruitment. A ministry worker drives the mission truck through the Guajitos slum to pick up the children and drop them off at the center.

A few weeks ago, while the worker was waiting in the vehicle to take the children home, a gang member approached him and demanded the truck, firing his gun into the air. When the worker refused to get out of the vehicle, the gang member fired the gun into the truck.

With all the authority of God's child, the ministry worker looked at the gang member and told him, no, he would not relinquish the vehicle because those kids need it so they can hear about Jesus.

The gang member left.

Children in Guatemala attend a center run by an indigenous ministry where they learn about Jesus.

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me" (Psalm 23:4 NKJV).

Don't you know it's true? He is with us.

We don't know what tomorrow might bring. Could be bad. Could be uncomfortable and scary. But you know what else we don't know? The provision God has planned for us in those bad, uncomfortable moments or seasons.

I learned somewhere that the Bible contains 365 verses about not being fearful, one for each day of the year. God knows we're prone to fear.

I've blogged extensively about the Insider Movement, a missions strategy based on fear, which advises Muslims who want to follow Christ to keep identifying as Muslims to avoid persecution. Humanly speaking, it sounds reasonable. But it completely cuts God out of the equation.

When we make self-preservation our highest goal, we're acting out of fear—we're not factoring in God's supernatural provision when a child of His steps out in faith.

In China, women are only allowed one child. Any subsequent pregnancies must be terminated. What does a Christian woman do? Abort her babies? She'll face consequences if she doesn't.

For Chinese women who refused to abort their babies, God has made provision.

Children whose mothers refused to abort them line up for their daily meal at a safe haven in China.

High in the mountains in Yunnan province is a sanctuary for such women and their children. A humble, self-sustaining farm provides sustenance to those who've fled from home. While ministry workers educate the children during the day, mothers work the farm, tending to the goats, pigs, and chickens; and harvesting vegetables, which will be added to bowls of rice for everyone's daily meal.

"Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues" (Psalm 31:19,20 NKJV).

How does one prepare for a zombie apocalypse—or any formidable situation? Start stockpiling. Not canned goods. Hours. Time spent in His presence to prepare yourself to act in faith, not fear.

Oh, and maybe moving to a state with a higher percentage of people skilled in martial arts.*

*Just kidding

Sequana - posted August 06, 2015
This was a blessing, Brittany, thank you.
Harriet - posted July 30, 2015
Good word! I really like your articles! Bless you and all at Christian Aid!
Susie - posted July 30, 2015
Great reminder from Corie TenBoom, "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."
Susie - posted July 30, 2015
Thank you for your reminder of God holding us in the palm of His hand, no matter what is going on in our world. Jill Briscoe once said, "Remember when you are overwhelmed, God has you overshadowed." So thankful for how God loves and works through His people around the world for His glory! May we live daily to see JESUS smile!