Families grow stronger as each individual dons the armor of God. I have been writing about strengthening the family for several months and sharing ideas on how to prepare for bad times. I told you that families need to be strong because the family is the basic unit of society; it is the foundation upon which communities, states and nations are built. Strong families lead to strong communities, strong communities lead to strong states, and strong states lead to strong nations.
The world is currently experiencing unrest and chaos, and this unrest is spreading and growing. The unrest is being caused by unrighteousness and greed. Most of us do not have much control over what happens in the world, the nation, the state or even the community, but we do have the ability to control what goes on in our own homes.
The most important principle that we must understand is that there is a great battle between good and evil being fought in our nation and across the world. We have been preparing for this battle, and now is the time for us to make sure that we are wearing the armor of God. As long as we are right with God, we do not need to fear what man does.
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, both in America and abroad, who are trying to destroy the government of the United States. I believe that there is "spiritual wickedness in high places" in our own nation as well as in our states, communities, and work places. I believe that many of the union leaders - not the average union member - of the current protests in Wisconsin, Indiana, and other states are evil.
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 latter days, it will need to have strong families whose members are wearing spiritual and emotional battle armor. Strong families form a basic force for good in the world and can do much to strengthen society. The strongest families clothe themselves in the armor of God.