There is a new buzzphrase out there called “off the grid.” It is also known as “going green.” What does this really mean? It means getting back to basics, to a simpler lifestyle. Many people are growing their vegetables and in rural areas, growing their own meats. In many cities, rooftop gardens are popping up as people try to grow their own food. In addition to producing their own food, many people are taking advantage of new products to help reduce energy costs. Solar panels have been around for many years, but recently since the financial meltdown of 2008, they have become increasingly popular.
Eric Boehning writes in his article, “Going off the grid gets government tax credits, “Generating your own power in conjunction with home electrical and heating/cooling efficiency eases the burden of energy companies who often burn fossil fuels like coal to generate electricity.” This news gets better in that now people can get a tax credit for going green! Eric Boehning says, “In Louisiana the installaton of solar panels, solar thermal, or wind energy systems qualifies you for a 50% tax credit on the cost of material and installation up to $25,000.”
This is good news for everyone, but for Christians, it is especially important as there is an urgency in the Christian communities to get prepared for hard times. It is being preached in the pulpits not only in the central Louisiana area, but around the country. People are stocking up on emergency supplies and non-perishable food items and getting solar energy products installed in their homes.
Jesus talked about this day and age two thousand years ago when he said “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:6-8).
What can Christians do to prepare for even harder times in America? Times are pretty tough now, but there is always hope in the Lord. He is the source of everything for His people. That is a comforting statement, but what can Christians do from day to day and moment by moment to get ready? There are several things that can be done to prepare for not only hard times, but just plain emergencies such as hurricanes, severe thunderstorms and power outages that can occur anytime.
- Begin now to research the costs of installing solar energy products in the home. If it is too expensive, start saving some money each week or month towards it.
- Begin to buy a few extra canned goods, medical supplies, water and household toiletries. A few extra items each week will build up quickly.
- Begin to buy extra candles, oil lamps, batteries and flashlights.
- Plant a vegetable garden this year and starting preserving and canning vegetables and fruits.
Matthew chapter 24, reads like the newspapers of today. It is time for Christians to get back to the basics of life and begin to position themselves to be successful no matter what the economy or politicians are doing.