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Friday, March 9, 2012

Beware Complacency

It's all too easy in the current political climate to be lulled into a sense of security, a sense that all is well. A sense that if we don't have bombs dropping on our heads or taxes raising through the roof that things are OK.  The media does a good job of facilitating this for Democratic presidents, and hinders it for Republican presidents but for the wrong reasons. It's time to wake up, fellow Americans! Things are most definitely NOT OK right now. Unemployment is still high. Wages are still low. Inflation and energy prices stretch us thin. Our deficit exceeds the GDP. Our debt per capita exceeds that of Greece. And all of these things are preventable and solvable problems, should our president want to solve them. He just doesn't, and the media is right by his side agreeing with him because he's a Democrat. Don't buy it!

I'm reminded greatly of a scripture in the Book of Mormon, in the book of 2nd Nephi (a prophet). In chapter 28, Nephi says (paraphrasing) "Wo unto him that is at ease in Zion! Wo until them that say all is well!" That's our media these days. And Democrats too, for that matter. They've become interchangeable. I've included the text of a large part of 2nd Nephi Chapter 28 for your perusal. Nephi is referring here to the last days (now). For more context, follow the link and read as much as you choose. I'm not implying, by the way, that the media is the devil. Just that they frequently follow the devil's tactics.

Yea, and there shall be many which shall say: aEat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die; and it shall be well with us.
 And there shall also be many which shall say: aEat, drink, and bebmerry; nevertheless, fear God—he will cjustify in committing a little dsin; yea, elie a little, take the advantage of one because of his words, dig a fpit for thy neighbor; there is gno harm in this; and do all these things, for tomorrow we die; and if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God.
 Yea, and there shall be many which shall teach after this manner, afalse and vain and bfoolish cdoctrines, and shall be puffed up in their hearts, and shall seek deep to hide their counsels from the Lord; and their works shall be in the dark.
 10 And the ablood of the saints shall cry from the ground against them.
 11 Yea, they have all gone out of the away; they have becomebcorrupted.
 12 Because of apride, and because of bfalse teachers, and cfalsedoctrine, their churches have become corrupted, and their churches are lifted up; because of pride they are puffed up.
 13 They arob the bpoor because of their fine sanctuaries; they rob the poor because of their fine clothing; and they persecute the meek and the poor in heart, because in their cpride they are puffed up.
 14 They wear astiff necks and high heads; yea, and because of pride, and wickedness, and abominations, and bwhoredoms, they have all cgone astray save it be a dfew, who are the humble followers of Christ; nevertheless, they are eled, that in many instances they do ferr because they are taught by the precepts of men.
 15 O the awise, and the learned, and the rich, that are puffed up in the bpride of their chearts, and all those who preach dfalsedoctrines, and all those who commit ewhoredoms, and pervert the right way of the Lord, fwo, wo, wo be unto them, saith the Lord God Almighty, for they shall be thrust down to hell!
 16 Wo unto them that aturn aside the just for a thing of naught and brevile against that which is good, and say that it is of no worth! For the day shall come that the Lord God will speedily visit the inhabitants of the earth; and in that day that they are cfullyripe in iniquity they shall perish.
 17 But behold, if the inhabitants of the earth shall repent of their wickedness and abominations they shall not be destroyed, saith the Lord of Hosts.
 18 But behold, that great and aabominable church, the bwhore of all the earth, must ctumble to the earth, and great must be the fall thereof.
 19 For the kingdom of the devil must ashake, and they which belong to it must needs be stirred up unto repentance, or thebdevil will grasp them with his everlasting cchains, and they be stirred up to anger, and perish;
 20 For behold, at that day shall he arage in the bhearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good.
 21 And others will he apacify, and lull them away into carnalbsecurity, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the cdevil dcheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.
 22 And behold, others he aflattereth away, and telleth them there is no bhell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none—and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful cchains, from whence there is no deliverance.
 23 Yea, they are grasped with death, and hell; and death, and hell, and the devil, and all that have been seized therewith must stand before the throne of God, and be ajudged according to their works, from whence they must go into the place prepared for them, even a blake of fire and brimstone, which is endless torment.
 24 Therefore, wo be unto him that is at aease in Zion!
 25 Wo be unto him that crieth: All is well!
 26 Yea, wo be unto him that ahearkeneth unto the precepts of men, and denieth the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost!
 27 Yea, wo be unto him that saith: We have received, and weaneed no more!
 28 And in fine, wo unto all those who tremble, and are aangrybecause of bthe truth of God! For behold, he that is built upon thecrock dreceiveth it with gladness; and he that is built upon a sandy foundation trembleth lest he shall fall.
 29 Wo be unto him that shall say: We have received the word of God, and we aneed bno more of the word of God, for we have enough!
 30 For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon aprecept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learnbwisdom; for unto him that creceiveth I will give dmore; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.
 31 Cursed is he that putteth his atrust in man, or maketh flesh his arm, or shall hearken unto the bprecepts of men, save their precepts shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost.
 32 aWo be unto the Gentiles, saith the Lord God of Hosts! For notwithstanding I shall lengthen out mine arm unto them from day to day, they will deny me; nevertheless, I will be merciful unto them, saith the Lord God, if they will repent and bcome unto me; for mine carm is lengthened out all the day long, saith the Lord God of Hosts.

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