|Bombs Over Hanoi|
This morning in Sunday School class we read this Old Testament scripture that really got me thinking.
Therefore also now, saith the Lord, aturn ye even to me with all your bheart, and with cfasting,
and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great ckindness
But I will aremove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the beast sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his cstink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.
Joel 2:12, 13, 20
If we turn to God, there will be no need to worry about terrorists. It's that simple. I firmly believe that the above scripture is symptomatic of the problems caused by a Godless American foreign policy. If we turn to God, he will ensure that our enemies are far from us.
The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ has two great lessons regarding foreign policy. God will ensure that we live in peace unless we:
1. Are Mean and Selfish. When we continually think about ourselves more than our neighbor, we become weak.
11 Now this great loss of the Nephites, and the great slaughter which was among them, awould not have happened had it not been for their bwickedness and their abomination which was among them; yea, and it was among those also who professed to belong to the church of God.
12 And it was because of the apride of their hearts, because of their exceeding briches, yea, it was because of their oppression to the cpoor, withholding their food from the hungry, withholding their clothing from the naked, and smiting their humble brethren upon the cheek, making a dmock of that which was sacred, denying the spirit of prophecy and of revelation, murdering, plundering, lying, stealing, committing adultery, rising up in great contentions,
2. Exercise Pre-Emptive War. It is spiritually--and temporally--counterproductive to attack our enemies just because we think that they might be planning to attack us.
20 Now the people said...let us go up upon the mountains and into the wilderness, that we may fall upon the robbers and destroy them in their own lands.
21 But Gidgiddoni saith unto them: The Lord aforbid; for if we should go up against them the Lord would bdeliver us into their hands; therefore we will prepare ourselves in the center of our lands, and we will gather all our armies together, and we will not go against them, but we will wait till they shall come against us; therefore as the Lord liveth, if we do this he will deliver them into our hands.
If we expect our leaders to seek the blessings of God, we must first seek the blessings of God ourselves. Equally important to remember is that God does not bless us if we are mean, selfish, warmongers.
Imagine an American foreign policy that actually included God. What a much more wonderful world it would be.