I was not yet born at the time of the Second World War, but I am certain that at the time, it must have looked very much like the end of the world was at hand. If there has ever been an anti-Christ figure, certainly Adolf Hitler very much looked like he was the one. His brutality, his indiscriminate killing of innocent people—especially the Jewish people, and even his ability to deceive many who called themselves Christian, all of this made many other Christians believe that Hitler was the antichrist.
And the people of the day prepared. They built bomb-shelters in their back yards. They armed themselves, and they horded ammunition. They put up stocks of food.
I may have done the same. I am not so egotistical that I would have said any different.
Preparing has again come into vogue. “Preppers”—that is the moniker that has been given to those who are preparing themselves for what is yet an unknown threat. You can go online and read all sorts of articles about the best way to prepare. You can also look at catalogues of companies that want to sell you items to help you prepare.
The threat is unknown, but there are many conspiracies out there of what the impending menace may be. These range from environmental catastrophes to great technological failures, to oppressive political disasters. Some of these ideas seem a little far-fetched, but the point is, many people in these days have an inner sense of a looming crisis of some kind.
I am not saying that I think it is foolish to prepare for what may look like difficult times ahead. Actually, I think it foolish not to prepare in some ways. But by placing their importance in all the food, all the armaments and all of the reinforced concrete—well…they all miss the true issue.
But if not those, what is the true issue? What have we missed?