Friday, May 24, 2013

Faith vs the Bugout Bag

Unless your choice of news and social interaction is limited (especially if you don't associate with conservatives), you may not have heard of a "bugout bag".  Wikipedia lists the basic description as:
A bug-out bag is a portable kit that contains the items one would require to survive for seventy-two hours when evacuating from a disaster. The focus is on evacuation, rather than long-term survival, distinguishing the bug-out bag from a survival kit, a boating or aviation emergency kit, or a fixed-site disaster supplies kit. The kits are also popular in the survivalism subculture.
There are hundreds of websites devoted to providing bugout bags and bag contents; thousands of sites describing what should be in your bugout bag.  And the reasons are almost as diverse as the sites are numerous.  While common reasons include potential natural disasters (floods, tornadoes, hurricanes), the more recent "disasters" include:

  • Government/Financial collapse
  • Zombie Apocalypse
  • Contagious disease outbreak
  • International war
  • Government overthrow
  • Unusually restrictive martial law

Notice the description above from Wikipedia mentioned the "survivalism" subculture.  This "subculture" is focused on the preservation of self.  This blog being "Living As Modern Believers", how does this survivalism compare to faith in Yahweh?

Consider the perfect example, Luke 10:1-11:

1 After these things the Messiah appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore Yahweh of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
4 Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.
5 And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.
6 And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.
7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.
8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:
9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of the Father is come nigh unto you.
10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,
11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of the Father is come nigh unto you.
Where is their "bugout" bag?  They had no first aid kit, no hatchets, knives or machetes, no military rations, no firestarters, flashlights, radios, money, duct tape, paracord, or compass.  They took literally nothing and lived on what they were able to receive from others.  Freely they gave and freely they received.

Just how much faith did that take?  Consider starting out immediately and going to another town by foot with no hotel reservation, no credit cards for restaurants, no guarantee of a bed or a meal.  How many of us would've just looked Yahshua in the eyes like he was crazy and walked away, not to go to another city and preach, but to just get away from this crazy person?

Yes, it makes sense to have a collection of items you may need for a disaster, but you have to make a decision about how much faith you show to the Father and to the world when you take it upon yourself to "guarantee" your "survival".

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