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Is Stockpiling Food Even Ethical?

Is Stockpiling Food Even Ethical?

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You would be surprised how many times I have been asked – especially by Christians — whether stockpiling is morally right. Or should we call it jealously hording supplies?

I have no doubt of the touchiness of this subject, and how it can really tick many folks off and offend others. I’m not going to dance around this subject, but I desire to hit it head on and answer the question as I have in the past.

I will be right up front and honest. I am a Christian.  I do my best to filter the choices I make in my life through the lens of the Bible. So with that said, you can stop reading this article, or continue on at the risk of being angry and offended.

So, is stockpiling right? I believe if you have a family, you must care for them. Living in a world that grows increasingly unstable by the minute, I have come to believe stockpiling is vitally important. I look at the biblical example of Joseph in the book of Genesis. Joseph was the boy who was sold by his brother, jailed unjustly in Egypt, and then rose to prominence in Pharaoh’s court after interpreting Pharaoh’s dream about a future seven-year famine. Joseph built vast storage systems in the land of the Pyramids — so vast, in fact, that it allowed the Egyptians to eat heartily during the famine and sell surplus grain to foreigners. In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul wrote that a man who didn’t take care of and provide for his family was worse than any unbeliever.

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So, yes, I do believe stockpiling is morally right. In fact in many ways, I think it is very prudent for anyone who desires to ensure that his or her family weathers a major crisis.

The Dilemma

I think the real dilemma is, do you help others who are in need during a crisis? I met a guy who was not going to let anyone ever have his rice, beans or MREs. I asked him if someone knocked on his door during a major disaster what would be his response. He scowled a bit and said, “If anyone steps foot on my land, they will be dead long before they reach my door”.

Undoubtedly, some people reading this article agree with him.

I am a gun owner, a huge Second Amendment advocate, and I would defend my family. However, I could not kill my elderly neighbors if they knocked on my door starving and asking for a handful of food. Could I kill the couple a mile down the road with three young children and a new baby? Could you?

I sure could stop someone with lethal force who wanted to kill my wife and kids, but morally can I kill someone who asks for food? No, I cannot. Nor should you. That is not justifiable self-defense. It is cold-blooded murder.

The moral dilemma of stockpiling is how to respond to people asking for help. For me, I will help who I can. But I must put my family first. I must be sure my children have food and water, my wife has the nourishment she needs, and my parents and siblings have what they need. But I will not employ lethal force unless my life and that of my family is in danger.

In closing, each of us must decide how we will respond in a crisis when people come asking for help. They will come. And while some may come looking for trouble and to take your family’s sustenance, many will not. Not everyone is going to devolve into a monster. How you treat those people may in fact determine if you stay alive.

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