Wall Street Journal says:

Load the Pantry                                                                      printer-friendly version


            I remember talk of stockpiling food and ammunition as a means of surviving “troublous times” back in the early 1970s amid predictions of globe girdling wars, famines and an imminent breakdown of society.  The immediate argument that comes back goes like this, “As for me, I’ll trust in God.” 


            This week’s article in the Wall Street Journal does not suggest that we Load the Pantry as a response to coming tribulation.  The logic it lays out is an economic suggestion.  The author, Brett Arends, says that food prices are rising at a much faster pace than the returns that can be realized on short-term investments.


            And though we optimistic Americans are hoping that the recent spike in food and fuel inflation will soon pass, Arends lays out logic to support a likely acceleration in the trend


            No, the Wall Street Journal is not suggesting that you hunker in your bunker with an AK and a supply of Spam.  They are suggesting that non-perishables are cheaper now than they will be later.


            Do you carry a flashlight in your car?  Is it smart to throw in a blanket, sleeping bag, some food, matches and a lighter when you drive over snowy mountains or the desert?  Why?  Because you don’t trust in God?  Ridiculous! 


            We have a God-given responsibility to look after the needs of our families and friends, and to help others in need.  The Bible says a righteous man lays up in store for his children and his children’s children.  That means that we should prepare for all kinds of eventualities, and make sure that those who depend on us do not suffer as a result of our carelessness or neglect.  Whether it’s a road trip, life’s journey in general, or these particularly unsettled times we face, the principle is intact.


            Brace yourselves.  There are numerous fear-mongers out there who will seize on nearly anything to get people to cough up money, and the unsettling times we are living in give them plenty of opportunity to create panic.  Some may try to ship people off to a place of safety a la Jim Jones.  Others may try to herd their followers into a compound.  Doesn’t that sound like fun? 


            We’re beginning to hear discussions of the “end of days,” and the fulfillment of Bible prophecy now on national radio and national television.  I’m beginning to hear things in the news and in the mouths of authors and commentators that my Dad and Granddad were saying for decades!   Does that mean it is time to get wild eyed; act in panic or hook up with some pretense of a prophet?  No!


            It means it’s time to use our resources wisely, fulfil our responsibilities to our families and friends and above all keep our wits about us.  Is that inconsistent with trust in God?  Hardly! 


            It reminds me of an analogy Dad used, and this is a shortened version.  There’s a man clinging in the top of tree with turgid floodwaters rising around his ankles.  When a helicopter shows up and lowers the rescue harness, he waves them off and shouts that he’s waiting on God to save him. 


            Trust in God will be the only way we can endure in this deteriorating environment while remaining confident and in good spirits.  A big can of Spam and an AK won’t do it.  But it’s no time to suspend use of our greatest possession.  And that is the power of sober discernment that resides in the mind God designed and gave each of us.

Mark Armstrong

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Hoarding of Food
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Left: Hoarding of food
Center: Rice [current shortage]
Right: Ration book from World War II