Last night my regular reading of the Book of Mormon took me to the 12th chapter of the book of Helaman. In some ways it is a dismal and depressing message because Nephi (3) is chastising his people for their lack of consistency when it came to following the Lord.
It is also sad because so much of what he says relates to the days in which we live. See if this doesn’t ring a bell or two.
And thus we can behold how false, and also the unsteadiness of the hearts of the children of men; yea, we can see that the Lord in his great infinite goodness doth bless and prosper those who put their trust in him.
Yea, and we may see at the very time when he doth prosper his people, yea, in the increase of their fields, their flocks and their herds, and in gold, and in silver, and in all manner of precious things of every kind and art; sparing their lives, and delivering them out of the hands of their enemies; softening the hearts of their enemies that they should not declare wars against them ; yea, and in fine, doing all things for the welfare and happiness of his people; yea, then is the time that they do harden their hearts, and do forget the Lord their God, and do trample under their feet the Holy One – yea, and this because of their ease, and their exceedingly great prosperity.
I’m not a doom and gloom kind of guy but I do wonder what it will take to get us to come back to Christ as a nation. We have a candidate for the Republican nomination that seems to be trying to get people to think about this possibility but I don’t know if he is sincere or just pandering to a particular group.
On the other hand, another candidate in the Republican group has said little about his beliefs because he is trying to avoid conflict. Is he really committed to seeking to make our country better? I think so and I have faith that his credentials show he will do his best. Is he perfect? No, but neither am I.
But what if we retain the same fellow that is in charge? Will we continue down this road that leads to some pretty unsavory experiences? It is my opinion that the vast majority of those who lead our country right now are inclined to continue the course we are following and if they remain in charge we will increase the rate of decline.
My personal hope is that there will be changes, not only in government, but in the way we live and relate to one another. Unless that happens, the days of leisure, pleasure and good times are about to end and life will become much more difficult.
I’m not a prophet and do not offer this as a prophetic utterance except as it has been spoken by those who truly are prophets. We have them, you know? Maybe if we listen we can avoid some difficult days. If not – well, I guess we get what we asked for don’t we?