Tuesday, January 7, 2014
"In Memory of Our God, Our Religion, and Our Freedom"
For years I felt like the great wars in the Book of Mormon were unimportant and did not matter to me-- they were the get through chapters. I read them because I had to. I never liked the blood shed and always wondered why the Nephites and the Lamanites couldn't just form some sort of lasting peace.
Life changes. I am astonished at how important I feel like these chapters are for us today. They are there to teach us how we must act-- what cost and effort we should be willing to expend to fight for our religious freedom. Captain Moroni would have us lay down our life if necessary in defense of our homes, families, and religion.
Recently, as I have witnessed the lack of interest and disdain shown from some people close to me in regards to the current political climate, I have realized that the closing words in the Proclamation are our "Title of Liberty". They are our call to battle, our call to fight for our homes, our family, and our religion.
"WE CALL UPON responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society."
I do not know how many members of the church heeded the call or are currently heeding the call. Personally, I feel like there are not enough people rallying and willing to fight for their families, their homes and their freedom to worship. And now, like in Captain Moroni's time, apathy has left us weak and we are losing our rights to worship "according to the dictates of our own conscience".
My religious beliefs are that all sexual relationships are only to be had between a man and a woman legally and lawfully wedded. Prophets have reaffirmed that our doctrine on marriage will not change. In October of last year, Dallin H. Oaks said, "...we remain under divine command not to commit adultery or fornication even when those acts are no longer crimes under the laws of the states or countries where we reside. Similarly, laws legalizing so-called “same-sex marriage” do not change God’s law of marriage or His commandments and our standards concerning it. We remain under covenant to love God and keep His commandments and to refrain from serving other gods and priorities—even those becoming popular in our particular time and place."
As gay marriage becomes legalized throughout the world, we are seeing an atomic bomb spread it's way through the legal system. Where ever gay marriage is legal, our religious beliefs are then considered bigoted under the law. The state becomes required to teach gay marriage and gay sexual relationships equally alongside heterosexual marriage and sexual relationships in schools, or the public schools are bigoted. Business owners, fertility doctors, family lawyers, adoption agencies, judges and clerks are required to treat homosexual marriage, sexuality, and parenting as equal to heterosexual marriage, sexuality, and parenting. Eventually, religious institutions, universities, buildings, and clergymen will be facing the same conundrum. Law suits are already filed against churches. Religious Freedom and Sexual Freedom are in opposition. They cannot stand together equally in the law. When sexual freedom wins, religious freedom loses.
It breaks my heart to think that my children and grandchildren will not have the same freedom to worship God as myself and many of their ancestors enjoyed.
Posted by Diane