Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
We are fighting a war. Did you know that? Yes, it is the same ongoing battle since the beginning of the world. It is the war for men’s souls, and in a more tangible way, it’s a war for freedom from tyranny. There are daily reminders that man is capable of terrible things. The news is full of such stories. And the latest mass shooting shows me that we are no closer to winning this war.
I have many dear friends who have served our country in the armed services. And their wonderful spouses have served here on the home front because it’s definitely a job in itself to be a military spouse. We need these wonderful men and women who volunteer their time, talents, and their very lives to keep us safe and free.
So what exactly is a tyrant? Wikipedia says A tyrant in the modern English usage of the word, is an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or person, or one who has usurped legitimate sovereignty. Often described as a cruel character, a tyrant defends his position by oppressive means, tending to control almost everything in the state.
You know what? That is exactly the kind of world that Satan sought to create when he waged the war in Heaven. Jesus stood up in that great council and answered Heavenly Father’s call for a Savior for mankind. We would be free to choose for ourselves how we would live. But Satan wanted to ensure all men made it back to Heaven by removing freedom of choice. Isn’t that the very definition of a tyrant? He wanted to be our eternal dictator and then take God’s glory for himself.
Look at the world leaders in the countries most oppressed by dictators and tyrannical leaders. And you will find someone who is more concerned with maintaining and gaining more power than what is best for the people he leads. You will find someone who keeps their people subjected to their will through very harsh means. These are leaders who desire their word to be law, who do not follow governmental procedures, but step in and make changes without counsel.
Since we know that the battles for the hearts of men will not end until after the Savior comes again, what can we do to help the side of right and good to win? We must get involved. Politically, spiritually, and in every other way, the world needs good people to make a stand.
We recently had an election. And I was thrilled that I knew several people in the local area who ran for public office. I know these individuals and how they work. And I feel their contribution will benefit the whole area. It gives me confidence in the future that good people are standing up.
We can also stand up for our country. When we don’t run for office, we can still be supportive by making our thoughts known to those who work for us in government. Writing our congressmen and senators is a privilege that we should exercise. And we must also make sure we are voting for those in office. Letting another person decide who runs our country is abdicating a basic responsibility of every American. Don’t do it.
Another inspiring way we can make a difference is by serving our country in the armed forces. My cousin recently graduated from boot camp and I am so proud of him! He will make an excellent addition to the many good people who serve our country.
Spiritually the battles rage on. So wise men and women will often turn to the Savior for help and guidance. Daily prayer, scripture study, and regular church attendance will give us the strength to keep fighting.
Keep the Lord close and He will be able to counsel you so that you are in the places you need to be when you are needed. So many wonderful opportunities in my life have simply been a matter of being in the right place at the right time and being willing and able to stand up for the Lord. I have confidence in you dear reader. We chose Jesus before, and we will keep choosing Him every day.
Patty thrives on all things creative. You’ll often find her in the garden pretending she is a suburban farmer. She loves meeting new people, and is devoted to her friends and family. In her heart she is a Midwesterner even though life has moved her all over the country. She believes in “blooming where you’re planted” and has found purpose in every place she has been. She has a deep and abiding love for the Savior and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And she loves editing LDS Blogs because it is a constant spiritual uplift. Not many people can say their job builds their witness of the Savior.