While half of our nation is in a relative state of mourning the morning after, the Church has great reason to rejoice.
No matter which US political party won, the gospel triumphed.
When the Savior visited the people on this continent after his death in Jerusalem, on his second day ministering he shared these words:
Then shall ye, who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, go forth among them; and ye shall be in the midst of them who shall be many; and ye shall be among them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, and as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he goeth through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
Thy hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off. And I will gather my people together as a man gathereth his sheaves into the floor.
For I will make my people with whom the Father hath covenanted, yea, I will make thy horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass. And thou shalt beat in pieces many people; and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth. And behold, I am he who doeth it.
While many modern readers will recoil a bit at the violence of this passage, think for a moment about what confidence military superiority offers. For peoples who can describe their freedom to live in peace in terms of their ability to triumph in battle, prowess is the promise of peace.
Now consider the house of Jacob: those who are called and set apart with a mandate to share the gospel of the Lamb. It is the Church, and more specifically, disciples who are committed to missionary work within the Church.
The day will come, according to the Savior, when His people will be free to move among the nations with utter and complete confidence, without fear of … anything.
That day is here.
- Gone is the day when latter-day saints fear expulsion, persecution, or prejudice.
- The Church is well-established, stable, growing: beyond the reach of its enemies.
- We are well-represented by remarkable people in every walk of life.
- Respect for our faith is common in the media, our communities, and government.
- There is no turning back the clock on progress: the world will never return to ignorance and bigotry regarding our faith, and we should not expect it to.
We are free.
What we do with that freedom is a mark of our discipleship. Nothing within our culture restricts committed disciples from sharing their faith to those who are interested – no prejudice will stand any longer. This freedom is nothing of our own making, as the Lord reminds us in his final comment quoted above: it is His doing. Our God has opened the door for us to breathe easily the love we have for Him.
What an amazing time to be alive! What a transition for our faith!
Cross-posted at Real Intent