You see that title? I am going to open with this statement. Satan has an outright lie that you are believing. I know because SO MANY PEOPLE have WARNED ME. They have said, “Do not dwell on these things. Satan wants you to be bogged down by this,” and such statements as “contention is of the devil.” Right. Jesus should not have contended with the devil during his fast, because contention is of the devil. Ha ha. Good one, satan. You got a lot of people with that philosophy of yours mixed with a scripture reference!
Hymn: “Shall the Youth of Zion Falter?”
This hymn asks us whether we shall falter (fail) in defending Truth and Right. It asks us, while Satan is doing well in the fight, shall we shrink (cower, hide, pretend we do not stand up for what we believe on our facebook page) or shun the fight? Are some shunning the fight? “I do not believe in contention or hate,” they may say, “I believe in peace.” They say this and honestly believe that Jesus is pleased that they are shunning the fight. Most use as an excuse for shunning the fight, “I do that in real life, but not on facebook.” Oh, really? What, in church, in your primary lesson? While sitting in Relief Society among saints? In Family Home Evening to your family (but only those family members who believe as you do)? I doubt you are telling your rainbow-faced friend what you believe, face to face. So, when then, do you do this “defending truth and right?” if not on facebook or face-to-face to your rainbow-faced facebook friends?
Satan has a lie for all of you which you love to hear from him and his legions, which whisper to you, because it removes all responsibility from your hands. His lie comes like these. I will follow each lie with God’s truth.
Satan’s lie: “Maybe SHE can handle this socio-political stuff, but IT would give YOU anxiety and depression.”
God’s truth: The truth is, this “socio-political” knowledge and involvement do not cause the anxiety attack. NOT PRAYING causes the anxiety attack. As you learn this, pray constantly. I guarantee you, you will feel peace, even with all the knowledge and involvement.
Satan’s lie: “You will have to give up too much family time.”
God’s truth: “Give up t.v. time instead of giving up family time.” Benjamin Franklin: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.”
Satan’s lie: “People who get involved in politics are filled with fear. They need to stop doing that and focus on the Lord.”
God’s truth: In the Book of Mormon, Moroni, in Ether chapter 8, told us, the followers of Christ, not to allow secret combinations to get the upper hand. Just read the whole chapter. It rocks! President Benson told us we must not let communism sweep away our freedoms and warned a very long time ago that if we did not get involved, communism would take over and we would lose our freedoms and our liberty. He said socialism was already in the nation back then. Can you imagine now? Now, it is not just in the government. It makes up the government. In short, secret combinations do have the upper hand now. Do you think God is O.k. with your ignoring that? I don’t.
Satan’s lie: Social media should not be used to talk about religion or socio-political issues. It is separate from real life.
God’s truth: “I see your works.” God sees what you do and do not do, even on social media. Social media should be used to flood the earth with the gospel. We can use social media to bear our testimonies, stand up for the Prophet and the apostles, stand for truth and righteousness, sustain our general authorities, and flood the earth with the Book of Mormon, as President Benson told us to do. Elder Bednar said all this about social media and flooding. He said we are trickling. He wants not a trickle, but a flood. Look it up!
You get in the internet and read and watch it. You just don’t know the real stuff. The really important decisions of the entire world are happening less than 5 minutes away, where your city counsel is controlled by a United Nations entity located in Bonn, GERMANY.
Two of the four powers have too much power. These are the judicial and the executive branches of government. Congress and individual states need to TAKE BACK THEIR ORIGINAL POWER. When our constitution was written, we had 13 separate, sovreign states unite. Now we have 50 nothings unit ed. 50 nothings. Utah means nothing. It is just a meaningless thing.
In the beginning, the states had a hard time with the idea of uniting, because they were sure that the federal, central powers would take over and take the sovreignity (independence) from each state. They wanted to control what happened in their respective states. Each state wanted MOST decisions made CLOSE TO HOME, by each state. They wanted independence for each state, with a tiny bit of unity with other states. This was the reason for the 10th ammendment, which, now, people like my facebook friends, have completely forgotten because many of them never liked local decisions anyway. They like decisions made far away in Washington, D.C.
In closing I would like to say, no, you do not have to make this something that you ignore because it sets your heart aflutter and may give you a heart attack. It is not going to give you anxiety attacks or nightmares. Why? Well, simple. You will keep your eyes on the Savior, Jesus Christ. Pray to Heavenly Father about peace and comfort. You can fight against satan while still feeling no fear, and at peace. I do and I am fine. It is Satan’s lie that tells you to stay out of political knowledge because it will give you anxiety and a heart attack, or will raise your blood pressure. The truth is, it only will if you try to do this WITHOUT GOD’S DAILY HELP! But you need that right now, anyway! So what will change? Not so much. You will just know more. God did not say to avoid knowledge of socio- political things. Satan wants you to think so. He wants you to think knowing these things makes you evil or fearful. I am tired of hearing that lie. It is simply not true. I am not in fear. I am at peace with the knowledge of our Savior and a loving, caring God.
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