A couple of weeks after I was born, the Ensign’s First Presidency message was entitled The False Gods We Worship. President Kimball takes a topic that he treated similarly in The Miracle of Forgiveness, seven years earlier, into new and progressive areas. As I was preparing for my talk tomorrow on Joshua’s final stand before Israel, my mind turned to Kimball’s treatment.
Many of the items that President Kimball discusses would not seem out of place in today’s discourses. However there are a few that are surprising and one in particular that would be considered shocking:
We are a warlike people, easily distracted from our assignment of preparing for the coming of the Lord. When enemies rise up, we commit vast resources to the fabrication of gods of stone and steel–ships, planes, missiles, fortifications–and depend on them for protection and deliverance. When threatened, we become antienemy instead of pro-kingdom of God; we train a man in the art of war and call him a patriot, thus, in the manner of Satan’s counterfeit of true patriotism, perverting the Savior’s teaching:
“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:44-45.)
Kimball goes on to explain that if we would only worship the true God and have faith in Him, putting away our idolatrous ways, we would be preserved as in the days of Enoch. If only he would have seen today.