Storing food? Isn’t that what the Mormons do?
Well, yes, that is what the Mormons do. So why should we, as Christians, store food, too?
Here are a few of my own reasons for storing food:
- Food prices are rising.
- Buying in bulk saves money.
- Stocking up when things are on sale saves money.
- Staying out of the store saves money.
- Having your own “store” is the ultimate in convenience.
- It is prudent to always be prepared for anything, especially during uncertain economic times and when you have a family to care for. (Any ex-scouts reading?)
- Charity- We can help others in need anytime because we have been prudent, planned ahead, and stocked up on items when they are on sale at their best price. We can either provide them with meals when they are needed or give them a shopping bag full of food –whichever is appropriate.
- Hospitality- We are always able to offer hospitality to others because we have food to feed them with. (Except during times of extreme morning sickness when I am practically bedridden, like now!)
If you haven’t already read about rising food prices, please check out this and this. These are a few of many recent articles on the subject. I have read internet chatter for two years about rising food prices. Now that it is hitting the main stream news, it’s something we should take seriously.
Glenn Beck, like him or not, is part of mainstream media and he is talking about food storage. My folks go to regular investment meetings for retired folks and an investment professional told them the best thing they can put their money into is food storage and preparedness. It’s being talked about all around us. We just have to listen.
So, the question is, how does a Christian justify preparing for the future in light of scriptures like Matthew 6:25-34, which says,
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Well, because I am not doing this out of worry. I am preparing out of prudence, like in Proverbs 10:5, which says,
5 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
And Proverbs 21:20, which says,
20 In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
Of course, our best Biblical example of preparedness is Joseph, who stored away food for seven years in preparation for the seven years of famine God warned the Pharoah about in a dream Joseph interpreted. Joseph was not crazy and out there for preparing for the future. He was a man of God, of vision and of wisdom. And he didn’t go off half-cocked. He made a plan and he followed it through.
The Bible is very clear about people who are lazy and people who do not look to the future. If you are in the habit of going to the store every day to do your shopping, I ask you to reconsider your ways. If you are not looking to the future by at least keeping a well-stocked pantry, I ask you to keep reading this series.
I will discuss (list of topics subject to change or additions):
1. How the Mormons do food storage and why we can learn a lot from them –about food storage– including links.
2. Why their church food storage model is not ideal for most families and address Modern Survivalist movement.
3. How I do it:
a. Deciding What You Use & Need to Store – Lots of links!
b. Buying in Bulk & Repackaging
c. Using Sales/Coupons
d. Price Tracking
4. How to get started, including lots of links.
5. Photos of my food storage. (I suppose this means I have to clean and organize mine before sharing it with you? Well, that’s good incentive, then!)
I’m getting excited about this series just laying that out. I hope you’ll come back for the next installment.
In the meantime, if you’d like some homework: Go through and make a list of everything you keep on hand in your house food wise and put it in your computer. You can use a word processing program or a spreadsheet, whichever you are most comfortable with.
Until next time, blessings today, Kris
This post is part of the Raising Homemakers Homemaking Link Up.