Ether 2:12 Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written.
The Book of Mormon clearly states that as long as we worship the God of this land, who is Jesus Christ, we will not be brought into bondage and be free from captivity. We are not living in the peace promised to us. We as a nation are in bondage, which did not exist even two generations ago. This bondage has revealed itself as debt, addiction, ignorance and fear. All four at epidemic levels.
Debt at all levels has escalated since the mid 20th century. Consumer debt is offered now to high school students. Most Americans don’t have even $400 in savings to deal with an emergency. Communities are filing for bankruptcy and our National debt has robbed our children of their future unless drastic changes occur. There is no accountability by any politician because the Age of Entitlement has erased responsibility. It would be the end of a politician to push the issue. Debt has demands that rob us of Joy.
Addiction. Such a frightening word. We all know someone that is dealing with or suffering from the devastating effects of this unforgiving enemy. Many of us have been close to someone that has paid the ultimate price in dying because of their captivity. The sad thing in those fighting the effects of addiction is God has been chased away. Modern 12 Step Programs have removed God from recovery. They acknowledge a higher power but it can be defined as anything you want it to be. Often these poor souls are shamed if their higher power is named as God. Can you imagine? Can you possibly have any hope to recover without the power of God? No wonder addiction has brought so many into bondage. Without God in the world there is no hope.
Ignorance in the day of so much information is such an irony. How can such an enlightened people be such fools? It is the continued pursuit of meaninglessness. When you can waste so much time chasing pleasure and even more so in avoiding responsibility you have the recipe for ignorance. Wisdom comes from learning things of value and experience from developing a habit of good choices. I won’t even touch politics in this post and the dumbing down and manipulation of the citizens. Ignorance is probably the greatest threat to society.
Fear. I remember the Cold War. But I do not remember the Cold War causing such debilitating fear and anger. The fear today constantly is stirring up the people to anger and quarrel with one another. If ever the cry of repentance needs to be shouted it is today. Sadly the day has passed, the people are ripe nigh unto destruction. When the prophets stop crying repentance and warning you know the crap is about to hit the fan. Pay close attention to the messages of General Conference. So much of the messages have to do with strengthening the Saints. They know what is coming and they are making sure those that should be listening have oil in their lamps. Light chases away fear. The Light of the Gospel of Christ is more powerful than the sword. There is so much we can do to avoid the bondage of Fear.
A few examples. We need more of
We need to not ever forget that no matter the darkness, even in an eclipse, the light is always there.