Tactical Considerations for the Christian who is attempting to survive a hostile situation, possibly with their family, is one of the major considerations to think about. The greatest single danger posed in any survival situation is that posed by the two-legged predators that you and I will face. As unprepared people become hungry, they will also become desperate. This will cause some to turn to criminal means to get what they need for themselves and their families.
This poses a bit of a quandary for the Christian. On one hand, we have a responsibility to provide for and protect our families. But on the other hand, we have a responsibility to feed the poor. Only in this case, feeding the poor might mean taking the food out of our own children’s mouths to feed total strangers. Maybe they’ll still eat today, but with limited supplies, feeding others may mean that we run out of supplies for our own family.
We are also faced with the risk of these predators attacking our families. They aren’t going to listen to reason and they aren’t going to be easily turned away. If we have the supplies they need, they will attack time and again, until they gain the victory.
The Bible tells us in Deuteronomy that killing in defense of home and family is acceptable. This is where the legal principle known as the “castle doctrine” came from. As long as we are killing in defense, we are okay. It is only when we attack others for personal gain, that we break God’s Law. The American Christian Defense Alliance, Inc. very name indicates our defensive posture that falls in line with this Biblical principle.
So, what do we do?
There are two parts of preparing ourselves in this regard. The first is making our home more defendable, by “hardening the exterior. This simply means making it harder to break into. The second part is acquiring firearms and becoming proficient in their use. Simply owning firearms isn’t enough; we must learn and practice, until we reach the point where we can make Wyatt Earp himself proud.
Hardening your home means more than just putting a deadbolt on your door and locking your windows. Any criminal can kick open a dead bolted door, and glass windows are easy to break. You’re going to have to go beyond the conventional wisdom if you want to keep your home safe in a time of emergency.
The weak point on your door is the door frame. So, replace the normal striker plate on the door with a security striker plate. This is a bigger striker plate, so that the force of any kick will be spread over a larger area. When you install it, use 3” screws, so that you are attaching it through the door frame and into the studs behind. That will force them to break a whole lot more than just the door frame to get the door open.
While you’re at it, replace the short screws in the door’s hinges with the same long screws, strengthening that side of the door as well. Replacing the standard hinges with security hinges is a good idea too, as the security hinges act somewhat like a small deadbolt, securing the hinge side of the door too.
Windows are hard to secure, but there are two options. The first is security window film. This self-adhesive film is installed on the inside of the window. It acts much like the inner layer on a windshield, preventing it from coming apart, even when broken. While it can still be broken out, that requires breaking out all the glass in the window.
The other option is to put burglar bars over the windows. Custom burglar bars are better than the universal ones. Once installed, the bad guys would have to use a truck and a chain to pull them off your home and gain access – Yet another tactical consideration.
All of these tactical considerations to harden your home only delay the bad guys. Ultimately, it’s up to you and your guns to protect your family. But keeping them out gives you time to react, grabbing your guns and taking a stand to fight them off.
However, tactical considerations for the Christian looking to survive a hostile situation (one in which we will be hated in all the world for Christ’s name sake) should not focus so much on tactical considerations in a stationary position like your home. We must focus more on tactical considerations when Bugging Out. For more information on tactical considerations when Bugging Out please see the American Christian Defense Alliance, Inc. Book: Biblical Bug Out: Don’t Bug In – Follow The Calling
Tactical Considerations from a Christian Perspective
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