Wholesome Recreation: it doesn’t have to be worldly to be refreshing.
Why do we “flee” to Zion while carrying Babylon in our arms like a comforting teddy bear?
Wholesome recreation is a practice of righteous family life! “Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.” The Family Proclamation
Do some of us go about our recreation with one foot, or perhaps both feet, in Babylon thinking we’ll just visit for a short while and return unto Zion (the pure in heart) unscathed?
The mandate to flee Zion isn’t a kinda-sorta-iffy mandate. It’s not a “Hey, Babylon probably isn’t a great place to be…you might want to start thinking about spending a little less time there.” It’s more like a fireman shouting “Get out!” to the residents of a burning house. Babylon is wicked, and it is not a safe place to either reside or recreate. It’d be wise to get out now.
If our music, movies, and television preach the false-gospel of fornication, adultery, criminal violence, lasciviousness, pornography, addiction, and other evils, then we’re spending time in Babylon and being of Babylon.
But what about our shopping? Have you ever thought about where your money goes? I have. Do we willfully spend our hard-earned money at businesses that fund the “preaching” of fornication, adultery, criminal violence, lasciviousness, pornography, addiction, abortion, and other evils? Then maybe we’re spending too much time in Babylon. In fact, we’re building it up!
If you find that despite your best efforts, you just can’t seem to get rid of habits that bring your soul down, might I recommend taking a few moments to analyze your recreation? What music do you listen to? What movies and television do you watch? What are the values of the stores you shop at?
Why not make a change? Sure, doing what I’m about to recommend is square. It’s not hip to the jive, whatever that means. It’s not popular or “cool” by today’s standards. Some of your friends might not like it. But why would you let that stop you?
We’re charged to do as Daniel did when he “purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the [Babylonian] king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” Daniel 1
Let’s follow the words of Alma, the High Priest, when he said “And now I say unto you, all you that are desirous to follow the voice of the good shepherd, come ye out from the wicked, and be ye separate, and touch not their unclean things…” Alma 5
Alma isn’t telling us all to buy an island and move there. He’s telling us to stop partaking of Babylon’s meat, so to speak. Let’s stop feeding our souls with the garbage that Babylon serves for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We are, after all, what we eat.
Stand in Holy Places
Let’s remember to “stand…in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come; for behold, it cometh quickly, saith the Lord.” Doctrine and Covenants 87
Warning: moral relativism is both rampant and hazardous. Beware the false-gospel of moral relativism.
“Moral relativism is…the idea that questions of right and wrong behavior are relative. While society in general may believe that moral relativism is a sign of progress, the Book of Mormon contains examples and teachings that warn us of the dangers of replacing God’s commandments with our own relative moral standards. It is our duty as professed disciples of Jesus Christ to live lives that run counter-grain to the trends of Babylon (the world). As the world falls into darkness, we ought to be rising into the light.” The Book of Mormon and Modern Moral Relativism
Much of today’s music, movies, and television that we feed our souls isn’t uplifting. In fact, it simply serves as satan’s dispenser for moral relativism. Let’s rid it from our lives today. Just toss it out like the trash it is.
If we shop at stores that fund abortion, same-sex marriage, and other things that directly fight against God, let’s find somewhere better. Why not? Are we comfortable handing over our money to entities that will turn around and use our patronage to further lucifer’s work? I’m not comfortable with that—especially when their Babylon-building enterprises are so obvious. It’s not like we have the excuse of ignorance.
If our recreation choices aren’t worthy of men or women of God, then let’s flush them. Trash them. Dispose of them. And let’s do it by replacing them with good. There’s plenty of good in the world, or there would be if we would just bring it.