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Those That Wanted To Get Prepared Have Already Gotten Prepared By Now

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

Is the time for warning people to prepare for what is ahead coming to an end? For years, bold men and women all over America have been sounding the alarm and warning people to get prepared physically, financially, mentally, emotionally and spiritually for the great storm that is rapidly approaching. Personally, I have written more than 2,500 articles on my primary two websites combined, and so nobody can accuse me of not blowing the trumpet. It has gotten to the point that sometimes I am even tired of listening to myself warn the people. But now we are shifting into a new phase.

The other day I was reflecting on some of the things that I have been hearing lately. Sales of emergency food and supplies are way down across the entire industry. Many organizations and websites that have been instrumental in sounding the alarm for a long time are really struggling right now. On my websites, traffic has hit a bit of a plateau after experiencing a tremendous surge late last year. Overall, “prepping” was very hot just a few years ago, and at one time it was estimated that there were approximately three million “preppers” in the United States. But these days there seems to be a tremendous amount of apathy out there.

As I reflected on all of this, I came to one inescapable conclusion.

Those that wanted to get prepared have already gotten prepared by now, and those that did not want to get prepared are not likely to do so any time soon.

I personally know a lot of people that are very, very prepared and have been for a long time. Yes, there is still a small minority of people out there that only recently woke up and started prepping, but overall most of the preparation that people wanted to do has already been completed. And for those that have not done anything to prepare, you could argue with them until the moon turns to cheese and they still won’t take any action.

At this point the die has been cast. Most of those that felt that they should prepare have already prepared. Most of those that felt that they should repent have already repented. Most of those that felt that they should warn America have already sounded the alarm.

So now all that is left is to wait for the shaking to begin.

In looking back at what has transpired over the last several years, I think that it would be appropriate to say something about the failure of the church in America.

You see, if the churches of America were doing their job, all of the “watchmen” out there would not even be needed. Our voices would simply be lost in a chorus of thousands upon thousands of pastors, teachers, ministers and evangelists boldly warning people about what is coming to this nation.

But instead, there is just deafening silence coming from most of the mainstream churches.

The sad thing is that many, many church leaders understand very clearly what is coming, but they have purposely chosen not to warn the people. Some time ago, George Barna conducted a study that looked into why our churches are not addressing the key issues of the day, and what he discovered was absolutely astounding…

“‘What we’re finding is that when we ask them about all the key issues of the day, [90 percent of them are] telling us, ‘Yes, the Bible speaks to every one of these issues,” he explained. “Then we ask them: ‘Well, are you teaching your people what the Bible says about those issues?’ and the numbers drop…to less than 10 percent of pastors who say they will speak to it.”

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8 comments to Those That Wanted To Get Prepared Have Already Gotten Prepared By Now

  • Steelerdude

    and yes, I am waiting for the shtf somewhere somehow….but I keep evolving….just moved to Texas two weeks ago from So Cal and will start stocking up on more stuff…

  • Bob

    Actually I think Mr. Snyder has written the same article 2500 times.

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    “Prepped, Stacked & Packed” is the way to be.

    You don’t want to be a gringo or a whitey in the middle of “brown-town” when the krapp goes down.

  • Tom

    Yes,there’s some materialism needed in prepping, but you cant keep acquiring stuff. Stuff is a false security. i started acquiring stuff before i relocated to my homestead. it was a real hassle to move it all, eventhough it’s needed stuff in the “bank”. Now I’m focusing more on homestead development: gardens, fruit trees, outbuildings, putting up the harvest, wood stoves, firewood, etc. It’s still buying stuff, but not necessarily from prepper sites. Also, I’m developing relationships in my community. My prepping has taken on different objectives. I call it going deep. These are more time consuming and don’t necessarily involve buying stuff that sits on shelves. I check in on sites like this one frequently to get the news and stay informed, but I’ve grown to understand that SHTF is a long game and worrying about the end of the world is far too fatiguing. That said, collapse isn’t an event, but a daily process. Crunch time will eventually come like a thief in the night, so i prepare materially, financially, emotionally, skillfully and spiritually.

    • Steelerdude

      I know what your saying Tom….the percentages and reality is someone else will get everything…but you need to show your spouse and family that your not dumb….so far,
      Im dumb, life continues on, plenty of food at the grocery store…plenty of cash to pull
      out of the banks…

      I keep playing both sides of the game…but keep a keen ear on what is going on…

    • Ed_B

      Well said, Tom. My approach is similar but likely of less intensity than yours. Still, we do what we can do and pray that it will be sufficient.

      As to the churches… many of them have become irrelevant. They have worked hard to become so but here they are. Although I consider myself to be deeply religious, I do not believe that the only source of religion is “the church”. One can come to know, love, and trust God without all the folderol that humans seem to need to create about this topic. Having a close and loving relationship with God is WAY more satisfying than any church experience I have ever had.

      Also agree on prepping. There are MANY ways we can prep and most of them do not involve the off-the-shelf prepping packages that many prepping sites sell. Not that some of these things should not be bought but that there are many ways to “skin a cat” and this is only ONE of them.

  • Tom

    Steelerdude,I’ve grown to consider how i’m living as a change in life style not prepping for Armaggedon, but living with a greater intention toward self resiliency and all the protective advantages self resiliency provides. Prepping doesn’t guarantee survival for anyone during and after a paradigm shift, but it can give a leg up. Ultimately survival comes down to other things that we probably can’t control. However, we should understand that our current “civilized” paradigm is a thin and fragile vale that could easily be upended. Stores, savings, assets, skills, trusted community, mental/spiritual health all take a long time to develop and implement. When things pop, it’s too late to do all the things you need to do. Even though your eyes are open, don’t rely too strongly on how things are now; it’s not permanent.

  • Tom

    Ed, I agree with you on knowing and finding God. God is everyone and in everyone. If you are keen to seek Him out. However, I’m personally saddened and concerned about the death of the churches as an support to a healthy civilization. While we consider ourselves civilized, I’m very concerned about the ill health of our society that is infected with rampant narcissism that is leading to the end of family, community and into sociopathic ways. We seem incapable of humbling ourselves before God or our fellow man. I personally believe the Church has destroyed itself by worshiping the god of prosperity in our techno-industrial society instead of the God of love. I do follow a particular Christian/Church path. The great commandment is love God with everything and your neighbor as yourself. Sadly, this isn’t the case. Dominionism over others {geopolitically and socially}, a focus on prosperity as the measure of God’s grace, self-centered therapy sermons, and entertainment spectacles seem to be the norm now for decades, if not for generations. The irony to all this foolishness, i that Christ didn’t concern Himself about all these things. His message was so very simple, but it seems an anathema to the Church. As long as the Church wants to be in the world, i fear it has no hope as an institution for saving humanity.

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