2014 and the challenges it will bring are upon us. I feel strongly the need to set the lightheartedness aside for a while and concentrate on what we can do with where we are to avoid going where we don't want to go.
The loud minority throughout the world is trying mightily to influence the vast moral majority and . . .
To quote Albert Einstein:
"the world is a dangerous place to live, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing."
The family is under attack. All across the world families are falling apart. The place to begin to improve society is in the home. Children do, for the most part, what they are taught. We need to make the world better by making the family stronger.
The Bible, Isaiah 5:20, warns
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
I think we are there! Our being pushed to accept abhorrent behaviors in the name of tolerance is beyond reason. Our being pushed to "political correctness" is over the top.
"The Family: A Proclamation to the World."
It has been printed and distributed in many languages, not only to church members and others throughout the world but to government leaders in many lands.
In part, this proclamation to the world states
- marriage and family are ordained of God and central to His plan for the eternal destiny of His children.
- we are all spirit children of God, created in his image (see also Genesis 1:26-27)
- parents have a sacred duty to care for each other and teach their children
- happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ
While not officially in the proclamation to the world, President Hinckley taught:
If there is to be a return to old and sacred values, it must begin in the home. It is here that truth is learned, that integrity is cultivated, that self-discipline is instilled, and that love is nurtured.
And, in 1998, addressing a gathering of mayors and other public officials, at the U.S. Conference of Mayors he taught:
"To you men and women of great influence, you who preside in the cities of the nation, to you I say that it will cost far less to reform our schools, to teach the virtues of good citizenship, than it will to go on building and maintaining costly jails and prisons...
But there is another institution of even greater importance than the schools. It is the home. I believe that no nation can rise higher than the strength of its families."
I will present the proclamation in its entirety in next Friday's post.