Elder Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently spoke to a multifaith gathering at Chapman University.
His 40 minute address covers faith, family, and freedom of religion. “These issues deserve our interfaith attention and our interfaith protection, because there is always strength in numbers” he pleaded.
The atheist and secularist ignore creation and seek to drive faith oriented individuals from the public square. Forty one percent of all parents who use God’s gift of creation ignore commitment and responsibility.
Religious people voluntarily respect law. Strong families usually sustain responsible government. But more and more people are brushing these two vital societal issues aside. Such a growing number of people fret over what is free rather than what is protecting their divine freedom. They fret over being consumers rather than giving an honest effort to be producers. They fret over fulfilling the lust of the flesh rather than developing self-control. They fret over their pretended image on social media rather than governing their lives according to principles that lead to real self-worth.
The disturbing decline in institutional religion and strong family units ought to make us worry. Ignoring and redefining eternal truths established in the dawn of creation will accelerate lawlessness. Evidence is piling up that our ignorance, foolishness, and vanity is accelerating our contentions and ill-will among more and more people.
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports” George Washington wrote in his farewell address. “In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness…. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion” he emphasized. John Adams felt the same way. Our first two presidents warned us what would threaten our prosperity.
Are their words not a stinging rebuke to current trends? Are Americans even familiar with these words of warning? Do we even care?
If tens of millions (the majority) who really do care for faith, family, and religious freedom stay dormant, the threat and the consequences will only get worse.
I agree with Elder Holland, there are strength in numbers. When I, with tens of millions of people are awakened the threat and the dire consequences can be reversed.