Bring an End to Apathy

By | August 2, 2015

In the foggy midst of three of the great arbiters of America’s suicide–the continued proliferation of the plague of pornography, the further disintegration of the family by the legalization of same-sex marriage, and the continued support of abortion by our own government and many citizens–this scripture comes to mind:

“O that ye would awake; awake from a deep sleep, yea, even from the sleep of hell, and shake off the awful chains by which ye are bound, which are the chains which bind the children of men, that they are carried away captive down to the eternal gulf of misery and woe.” 2 Nephi

Our nation is reeling with evil. We’re like those civilizations just before the great flood in Noah’s day, or those preceding the brimstone of Sodom and Gomorrah. And we’ve been warned just like they were. Over and over and over again.

“We warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.” The Family

Selfishness, not doing one’s duty, pornography, abortion, rampant divorce, debt, moral relativism, and the progressive ideologies that make a slow and steady march through socialism to communism all contribute to the disintegration of the family. God cares about the family. God cares very, very deeply about the family. God has warned you and I that if we let the family unit fade into insignificance, we will reap the calamities foretold. We are letting the family fade away into insignificance. The calamities are upon us and, in the words of prophets, what we’ve seen is “just the beginning and a part of what is to come…” Raise the Bar

Too many of us, both within and without the church of which I am a member, remain silent. It breaks my heart. Do we fear risking being labeled by our progressive contemporaries as (gasp) “conservative” or (double gasp) “religious”? Or are these we confused as to what is right and what is wrong?

I ask sincerely, how can there be any question?

What is right does not need to be so difficult to discern. We have the scriptures. We have the words of the prophets before us. Traditional marriage is right. Sexual abstinence before marriage and fidelity after marriage is right. Protecting the lives of babies is right. Deviation from God’s definition of marriage is wrong. Fornication, pornography, adultery, and homosexuality are wrong. Convenience, on-demand abortion is wrong.

These are not new ideas. If you know God’s word, you know this to be true. Why spend so much time trying to justify committing sin for ourselves and for others? For fear of offending them? For fear of being labeled a mean name like bigot, or hypocrite, or hateful, or intolerant? What should matter more to us is what words God would choose to describe our apparent fear and apathy. And the truth ought to be what we love more than the opinions of those who will not endure sound doctrine.

Have any of us been so caught up in the idea of “love” that we’ve forgotten about the also extremely important concept of “truth”? There is no love in falsehood. There is no mercy in perpetuating the deceptions of lucifer. But there is evidence of love by standing up for the truth!

And so I ask. Have you stood up for the traditional family unit today? Have you spoken out for the right of babies to live? Have you written your elected representatives to demand that they take immediate action? Have you done something to further the cause of morality? What have you done today? You don’t have to be as outspoken as me to make a difference. I write on Facebook, on blogs, and I have frequent discussions with many people I associate with. I comment on these issues openly and often. Even if you don’t choose to use my methods, you must do something. Not to speak is to speak. Not to stand is to stand. If you don’t stand up for traditional marriage, you stand up for same-sex marriage by default. If you don’t stand up for the right of babies to not be barbarically torn apart, then you stand up for the right of abortionists to violently destroy precious life. If you don’t stand against the overwhelming plague of pornography, then you stand in favor of it. There is no neutral ground in the war between good and evil.

Please stand for the right, and never sit down again as long as you live. There is no safe philosophy of man upon which to rest until the Lord Jesus Christ binds our foe. We can only rest safely in the words of Jesus Christ. Jesus is inspiring (through the scriptures, the words of His servants, and the Holy Spirit) his disciples to stand and to fight for truth with honor and grace and valiance. Who is listening? Who is standing? Who is fighting?

I’m imperfect. I’ve done so much sinning and failing in my life that I feel pathetic. I will not boast of myself. I’m nothing. I’m less than anyone or anything. But I know Jesus Christ, and I know that I matter to Him. I bear witness that He lives. I am a witness and beneficiary of His matchless love. He is my redeemer. He reached down and offered me a helping hand when I was at my lowest. He, like a true friend, taught me a better way to believe and a better way to live. I haven’t done it perfectly. I’ve fallen flat on my face in error and sin, but He’s still there. He still lives. His hand is stretched out still. His way is the way. His word is law. He stands for God’s family unit, for morality, for the sanctity of life, and for marriage. Where Jesus Christ stands, there I want to stand.

I invite you to stand with us. Stand with Him. Stand with Christ irrespective of where I stand. He knows the way. 

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4 thoughts on “Bring an End to Apathy

  1. Dan

    We are far too silent. Elder Hales called us to be more vocal in conference. By reprinting his address in the Ensign Elder Nelson now calls us to be more vocal. A city that is built on a hill cannot be hid. Are we willing to face the world, and tell the truth, and ignore the scorn that follows? Or will we silently be complicit in the increasing persecution that will follow because we failed to stand up and be counted – an action that on its own might cause our opponents to pause or falter. Or are we already too faithless and abject, and more afraid for our mortal comfort than willing to proclaim the eternal truth of God? With whom do we stand? Whose kingdom are we trying to build? On whose arm do we rely?

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    1. Joshua Aaron Post author

      Well said, Dan. Thank you for your contributing thoughts!

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  2. Angela

    Great post! I found your article via a comment on a religious freedom post I wrote on Mormon Women Stand. Thank you for all you are doing. I just might see if we can cross reference some of your posts on our site. We need to stand together more often.

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    1. Joshua Aaron Post author

      Thank you for your kind comment, Angela.
      I think I’ve followed MormonWomenStand.com since its launch. I’m obviously not a woman, yet I am inspired and strengthened by your strength. I love to see others stand “with a firmness unshaken” showing an example that “ye will yield to no temptation, but that ye will serve the true and living God.” As you and yours continue to do so, I will stand right there with you with honor.
      I’ve never seen the sifting happen at such an accelerated rate in all my life. We’ve got to stand together. We’ve got to stand with God’s prophets. We’ve got to stand with Christ.
      Regardless of whether you decided to reference any of my posts, I’ll continue to point out yours. Keep it up, and thank you for your faith.

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