Brigham Young once said:
Every discovery in science and art that is really true and useful to mankind has been given by direct revelation from God, though but few acknowledge it. …We should take advantage of all these great discoveries.
As you consider what has happened to our world since Brigham’s day, you will note that there have been stunning improvements to the state of our living.
No longer do we ride horses or trains when we travel: we make our trips in comfortable automobiles and airplanes. Our homes are heated and lighted by clean, efficient energy sources that flow to us through wires and pipelines we seldom notice in our daily activities. And our food comes from all over the world so we can get whatever we want, despite the seasons of ripening. The wonders of science have made our lives so much better than our ancestors.
With many of these scientific discoveries we have also seen a corresponding improvement in the art we encounter. The rise of motion pictures opened the way to some of the most entertaining and uplifting stories man has ever known. Television brought those same stories right into our homes, and with the Internet, we can even have them in our pocket or purse if we desire.
God has blessed us with amazing things and we are much the better for those improvements.
Or are we??
Those same improvements listed above make up some of the great plagues of modern times. The rise of pornography and violence in the media has been exponentially abetted by the technology that should focus on bringsing goodness. Just the other day some may have witnessed the horrific beheading of an American journalist posted on the “friendship” sites of Twitter and Facebook. Everything that is available for good can also be used for wickedness – and it seems today to be more inclined to the side of wickedness.
What to do??
The only thing to do is take back the impetus for correct usage of these God-given gifts. Spend time using them to do what they were designed by God to accomplish.
I hear some of you saying: OK, Mr. Smartguy, what is their purpose?
I believe they were destined and designed by our Father in Heaven to do what EVERYTHING
He gives us is expected to do.
For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.
Automobiles came into existence to improve the means by which mankind could spread truth.
|I bet some pioneers would have loved to have this for a 'wagon."|
Airplanes fly so the seeds of truth can be planted in lands where the message has not been sown.
Cinematic presentations were inspired by God so that His work could reach more of His children.
|Definitely something that makes us better.|
Television broadcasts a signal to enhance the knowledge of God throughout all of His creations.
|How many channels do we really need.|
Internet connections have one major purpose – the teaching of the Doctrine of Christ to the children of God.
Like all of God’s children, we have the right (agency) to choose what we will do with the blessings He offers. Some will choose to improve their lives and the world and others will find ways to be destructive.
I choose the primary and true purpose for all of these marvelous achievements.
That’s how the work will be hastened and shared with more and more of our brothers and sisters.
How will you use the wonderful blessings we have received from our loving Father in Heaven?
Look here for suggestions.