I follow the financial/economic news extensively every day and I'm convinced that the world is headed for some kind of major economic "reset". The short explanation is that debt levels around the world are mathematically unsustainable and eventually something BIG is almost guaranteed to happen. I don't pretend to know the future so I can't say exactly what will happen, but I've decided to prepare my family for the worst by shifting some of our assets to precious metals, storing some emergency supplies and most importantly by strengthening our relationship with the Church. Someday soon we will need our faith to get through very difficult times.
My question comes from trying to explain to loved-ones what I believe will happen. A lot of people have responded with something like, "No need to prepare. I trust Jesus, he will take care of me." I never argue with them, and I certainly don't dispute that Jesus will take care of all who believe in Him by granting them a place in heaven. But I don't believe Jesus ever promised to prevent our economy from imploding or to keep people from suffering here on Earth. In fact, didn't He promise the opposite - that people who follow Him will most likely suffer?
So how should I respond to these statements of blind faith? I don't think the friends and family I'm talking to are thinking of heaven when they say the have faith things will be ok...the impression I get is they don't think Jesus will let them suffer here on Earth. Or am I guilty of not having enough faith myself, since I see a disaster coming and choose to prepare for it?
Having faith doesn't mean being unprepared for bad times does it?