Friday, May 21, 2010
Battle Armor Needed
The family is the basic unit of society because it is the foundation upon which communities, states and nations are built. We must strengthen families because they are now under assault on every side. One thing that can strengthen families is to realize that there is a battle being fought in our nation and across the world. It is a battle between righteousness and evil. The writer of Ephesians 6:11-12 wrote, "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rules of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. I believe that there are secret combinations at all levels of government who are trying to destroy the government of the United States and realize that they need to destroy the family first. I also believe that there is "spiritual wickedness in high places" in our own nation. Strong families form a basic force for good in the world and can do much to strengthen society. Gordon B. Hinckley, a modern-day prophet, also spoke about the battle between right and wrong. He said, "We are involved in an intense battle. It is a battle between right and wrong, between truth and error, between the design of the Almighty on the one hand and that of Lucifer on the other. For that reason, we desperately need moral men and women who stand on principle, to be involved in the political process. Otherwise, we abdicate power to those whose designs are almost entirely selfish." (Stand A Little Taller, p 15.) Wise parents will gather their children around them in family prayer, family scripture study, family home evening, family dinner hours and wholesome family activities. The key word here is family! These activities will give children spiritual and emotional armor to withstand the forces of evil. They will also strengthen individual families who can then join groups of families to search out and support good, honest and moral people for positions of leadership in communities, states and nations. If this or any nation is to survive the onslaught of evil in the later days, it will need to have strong families whose members are wearing spiritual and emotional battle armor.