Thursday, June 2, 2011

Words of Mormon 1:14

Words of Mormon 14And in the strength of the Lord they did contend against their enemies, until they had slain many thousands of the Lamanites. And it came to pass that they did contend against the Lamanites until they had driven them out of all the lands of their inheritance.

"In the strength of the Lord they did contend". I think that view of life has been replaced by "in the strength of our bombs and guns, we contend". The less effective your weapon I think the easier it is to see the hand of the Lord, or lack of, in a battle. These folks would be fighting with more primitive weapons and I think would more easily recognize they fought and would be successful in the strength of the Lord. Not their own strength, but the strength of the Lord. The difference is so big it can only be grasped I think by God showing a person. Then pride vs humility starts to take in incredibly meaning.  Our own strength vs the strength of the Lord is something you have to be shown.  We see what little personal power we have, vs the power of the Holy One.

The last line to me communicated something as I read it. They drove the Lamanites out of "all the lands of their inheritance." It wasn't just land that they occupied and therefore would claim as theirs because they found it, or they were the first ones to occupy it. It was actually a land inheritance from God. God gives people land. Often conditional on their serving Him, but he does give land for a people's inheritance. These people had a right to their land because they were doing the Lords will and He promised it to them. Beyond finder's keepers, and "my land", this is their land by the word or covenant of God. Granted they don't become polluted, corrupt, and loose the inheritance based on their own wickedness.  They drove the invading armies "out" of their land.  They did not take upon themselves the role of aggressors in war.

The Lord will fight our battles. Doctrine and Covenants 105:14. "For behold, I do not require at their hands to fight the battles of Zion; for, as I said in a former commandment, even so will I fulfil—I will fight your battles."  We need to qualify for the Lord to fight our battles.  This verse says "Former commandment".  That phrase goes back to the Lord telling us how to get out from under the condemnation he put us under in D&C that I reference all the time. He said to remember "the former commandments". So when he says former commandment I think we should pay attention. The Lord will fight our battles if we remember the former commandments.  But when we don't do what he says, we have no promise.

If the United States is to survive it will be because we serve the true and living God, Jesus Christ. If we don't, and no longer call ourselves a Christian nation (President Obama is who I'm quoting as saying "we are no longer a Christian nation") then the scriptures are clear of the fate. We need to take the Lord's words seriously on an individual level. We each have our own battles, the Lord says He will fight them. But this granted our battles are "battles of Zion", and not "battles of Babylon".

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