How We View: “Doomsday Preppers”

The point of my blog is to look at society and culture through the looking glass of a Christian. There is a show on National Geographic Channel called “Doomsday Preppers.” The point of the show is to “explore the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Unique in their beliefs, motivations, and strategies, preppers will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties. With expert’s assessment, they find out their chances of survival if their worst fears become a reality.”

When I look at this show through the metaphorical “Christian looking glass,” what do I see?

A Non-Christian Perspective:
Even if you’re a non-Christian watching the show, there are a few flaws to note…

  1. Notice how very few of the featured “preppers” can seem to agree on exactly how the world will end… Yet, each seems quite certain of their prediction being the way it will end.
  2. Each family puts their full effort into preparing for the end which they have predicted. If they should have predicted incorrectly, they will not be as prepared as they once thought.
  3. Some people try to keep their prepping a secret from their neighbours so, in case of emergency, people will not come to them for help. It’s not so private after having gone on international television.
  4. People invest so much of their time, money, and efforts into being prepared that it actually takes away from their free time and enjoying life.
  5. If the world doesn’t end in their lifetime, they wasted numerous years preparing for nothing.
  6. These preppers have just as much chance of dying as everyone else every time they leave their house. They will die regardless of being prepared or not. Death rate is still 100%

A Christian Perspective:
If we look at this show with the Bible in mind, we see even more flaws…

  1. We believe that the world “ends” when Jesus comes back for the elect. [Matthew 24:29-31]
  2. Some of these preppers have been so bold as to predict when the world will end (in addition to how). However, the world did not end in 2012 as many predicted. God is clear that no one knows the day or hour [Matthew 24:36]
  3. Jesus is coming like a “thief in the night” which means that many people without Jesus will be unprepared [Matthew 24:36-51; Luke 12:35-48; 1 Thessalonians 5:2-11; 2 Peter 3:10-11; Revelation 3:3; Revelation 16:15]
  4. The only way to be prepared for the “end of the world” is to be prepared for Jesus to come back. We do so by believing in Him and living a life ready for Him to come (character quality, not quality of home security) [Matthew 24:42-25:30; 2 Peter 3:1-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:3-9]
  5. The end of this life is not a bad thing to be dreaded and avoided. We look forward to that day because “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” [Revelation 21:4-5]

Ultimately, the people featured on the show “Doomsday Preppers” fail to prepare for meeting God when He comes. I didn’t believe in God as a kid, but I thought I could hide from Him if He was real. The “preppers” are the same way. However, you cannot hide from God. The only way to prepare for the end of the world is to keep watch for Jesus to come back. Read through the verses posted above (links provided) and see what it means to be a real “prepper.”

God Bless,
Tyson Bradley

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