To: Todd Wagner
Subject: Question for Todd regarding Preparedness as a ChurchHi Todd,There is something my wife and I have talked about a number of times, and we discussed in Community group our last meeting, regarding what should our response and game plan be, as a Church, to if things in this country go downhill quickly.Matthew 24:
36 “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.
37 “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. 38 In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat.39 People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes.
40 “Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.
42 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. 43 Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into. 44 You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.
Since America is not mentioned in prophesy, its reasonable to assume that somehow America will go downhill, or will taken out before the end-time events begin rolling.
Obviously we don’t and can’t know what this will look like for us, here in Dallas. Maybe it will be a gradual decline, or maybe its a sudden one (solar storm, major terrorist attack, nuke, or something else.) And with the events of ISIS, reports of them being on our border, and the rising threat of terrorist attack (Great Britain raised its security to Critical level), plus the instability with Russia, I think its not far from reasonable to consider Matthew 24:32-33 :
32 “Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. 33 In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door.
I know that being ready begins with having our hearts ready, being in right standing with the Lord, and being about His business…. right now.
But as Church, as Watermark, should we have a game-plan? Is it prudent to discuss these sort of things as a body?
First, as individual Christians, what’s our response in crisis… and then collectively and in unity as the Church?
For example, if there was a major incident that wiped out our infrastructure and communication, without internet or phone service we would be all scattered. But if we had discussed prior to this a possible game plan (such as all of us gathering at Watermark campus) we would be more prepared.
I don’t think I’ve heard you discuss any of these things in detail, but as the shepherd that you are to this flock, I wanted to hear your thoughts on this– first, if this is something the follower of Christ should be spending any time thinking about, and then if there should be a game-plan of sorts communicated.
From: Todd Wagner
Thanks so much for your question, never a bad idea to think these things through.
We all believe that the best way to care for each other in moments of crisis is neighbor to neighbor within the smaller communities we are constantly advocating. If the communication grid is shut down any social media or other means of communication would be prohibited, so word of mouth and person to person care/contact is required. Though that could certainly be appropriate at some point, we don’t foresee a need to predetermine a time (other than what may be obvious gathering times already) for us to meet corporately.
As needed, I am sure many would make their way to local campuses to care for each other and share necessary resources as we are able. Ultimately, it will be the job of smaller communities in each and every area to cling to the Bible, sharpen each other, and serve one another (as we are prayerfully equipping every member to be able to do now while we do have the privilege of gathering during times of freedom/prosperity).
There is no organized effort for the larger Watermark community to be stockpiling resources or provisions on any central campus, so there will be no need to meet there for distribution, etc. Each family should be prudent/wise in any such preparations, and ultimately those preparations should not only be for our own good but also for the care/provision/love of others, for the glory of God, in a time of need.
The very context of the passage that you shared from Matthew 24 is a reference to what Israel is to do during the coming time of great persecution. Specifically, they are not to linger around or accumulate more resources, but run quickly to the hills where ultimately God (and those who can, see Matthew 25) will be the One who provides, just as He did for the nation previously when they were in the wilderness.
I’d love for you to listen to this message given at Watermark several years ago that I think will encourage you.
Again, very grateful for your question Christian and the chance to prayerfully process these things. Hope this is helpful and praying with you that we are ready in every way that the Lord intends.
2 Timothy 4:2,
To: Todd Wagner
Subject: Re: Question for Todd regarding Preparedness as a ChurchThanks for the reply Todd,
I am looking forward to listening to that message. Just the title of it sounds very relevant to my questions.
The idea of “within smaller communities” sounds good, but for example in our group, we don’t really live very close to each other, so it might be a challenge. I think especially when it all goes down, the key will be dependence on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and on the truth God has been working into our hearts. I like the idea that God is preparing us in times of peace for when the storm hits, so that when we are hit, we are standing on the Rock.
Be sure to also check out the Real Truth. Real Quick. episode: If Everything God Created Is Good, Where Did Evil Come From?