America used to be a nation both English and Christian. Times have changed – for the worse, in many cases. Yet, most citizens here stubbornly cling to the remnants of their faith. For this, many are ridiculed by the popular, worldly culture (what little “culture” there is in it).
As faith is so important to so many, it makes sense to think about how we will worship, particularly in an organized fashion, after the S hits the F.
Red J., a guest poster and preacher, pondered this quandary at the Prepper Journal. His insight is worth considering.
Red relates from his prepper life and his 20 years in the pulpit.
“Life in a grid-down situation will become extremely difficult. Will faith endure when people face incredibly hard decisions? The closest Biblical parallel is in the prophetic period in the later period of the Old Testament. Some believers will feel like they’ve been abandoned or punished by God, and/or that God does not love them anymore. All those unconditional promises by clergy speaking for God, will seem like broken promises. Some may lose hope and forsake the faith. There will be questions of sin, God’s punishment, and whether faithful believers can still claim a covenant relationship with God. Can one still believe and hope in God when the material things have been stripped away? Can one still hope in God when one sees so much death and devastation? How can one trust in a God who allows so much pain and suffering? Church leaders will be severely challenged by such questions and complaints.”
SHTF will necessarily change the modern relationship people have with their churches. Driving to distant churches will be difficult or impossible. There may be no lights or heat within. In short, conditions will be primitive, harsh even.
Red looks to the experiences of the Old Testament prophets for inspiration – their daily lives greatly paralleled what we would think of as difficult, primitive.
If it all gets shaken up, there will be good and bad issues.
Please read the original for ideas about how things will change and how we handle that – both for the ministry and the lay attendants.
One thing to remember, here, is what Jesus said about the following and the faith. He never promised an easy life – on Earth. Rather, He promised the world would hate Christians, as it first hated Him. History has proved this out.
However, adversity is frequently a good thing for the Church. The nations of Eastern Europe have not experienced the decline in faith and attendance as America and Western Europe has. This is in spite of the the back-to-back oppression of Nazism and Communism.
It may be that a little adversity, here, will actually boost Christianity. That is, real Christianity. The churchians, limp-wristed wordly “believers”, and crazed Old Testament Christians may wither and blow away. The true believers will endure, probably stronger for the experience.
It’s something important to think about.
Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at www.perrinlovett.me. He is none too fond of government meddling.