Judeo-Christian Worldview: True to the Faith

Judeo-Christian Worldview:

True to the Faith

I worry that we live in such an atmosphere of avoiding offense that we sometimes altogether avoid teaching correct principles. If we don’t teach our children and youth true doctrine—and teach it clearlythe world will teach them Satan’s lies. ~Bonnie L. Oscarson

by Christine Davidson

Jesus-last-supperPeace-I-Leave-With-You-Walter-RaneMany who heard Jesus teach in Capernaum complained, “this is an hard saying. “ Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at His doctrine, said unto them:

DOES THIS OFFEND YOU?

From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve,

  “Will ye also go away?”

“Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. Thou art that Christ, the Son of the Living God.”[1]

Walk No More with the Truth?

Today is no different. For some, Christ’s invitation to believe and remain faithful continues to be hard. Granted, there are many adverse forces seeking to pull us away. It is not popular to be Christian these days. Members of the left-wing media are ever making a Christian man or woman  “an offender for a word,” [2]  heaping upon believers increasingly vile abuse, seeking destruction of all that is true and good. Worldly professors twist truth, calling evil good and good evil; putting darkness for light, and light for darkness. [3]

I feel compassion for the rising generation, growing up in such times of confusion, with so many demands on their loyalty.

To Whom Shall I Go?

About a half century ago, when I was a teenager growing up, I was the youngest, and my older siblings had all left home. We had not yet found the gospel in our lives. But I remember searching for something larger than myself, something strong and solid to hang onto, a cause for my loyalty.

My father was a brilliant scientist in a crisis of faith. I heard my parents having frequent “discussions, ”  always about his agnosticism and my mother’s unwavering faith. I felt shaken.  Worried that their marriage was in trouble, I asked my mother about it. She assured me that things would work out. They did. Soon thereafter, my parents found the Church of Jesus Christ and became devoted Christians, as did I.

childrenlitreadingart They have passed on, but of late I have wondered how my life might have been different if my mother had not held to her faith. What if she had taken the path of least resistance? Would I have found the gospel if my parents had not taught me so well? To whom would I have gone? Of course, we know of some young people who turn to God, regardless of their circumstances. I’ll never know the answer to that in my own case, but I believe it would have taken me much longer to find the truth if they had not guided me properly. If I had found God later in life, would I have married differently, and would my children be in the fold? And what about their children?

 

Joshua and his Grandpa

Parents, Your Example Is Pivotal

jesus-rock1                Because of my parents’ faithfulness, I continue to follow the Savior, as do my children, who are also teaching their children.  Do you see the pattern here? Choices have consequences.  Truth matters. And it matters that we pass that on to our descendants.

Throughout history,  language, attitudes, and styles change. Voices rise and fall, actors on the stage of life come and go. There is a constant we can always rely on: God is the same—yesterday, today, and forever.  Because of His unending love for us, He provided a way for us to come back to Him, through  His loyal Son.

True to the Faith

Let us all press on in the work of the Lord,

That when life is o’er we may gain a reward;

In the fight for right let us wield a sword,

The mighty sword of truth.

Fear not, though the enemy deride,

Courage, for the Lord is on our side.

We will heed not what the wicked may say,

But the Lord alone we will obey. ~ Evan Stephens

Defining Moment:

American Culture—outward appearance and immoral social trends are not who we are. Despite what the world and misguided secularists would have you believe, America is founded on Judeo-Christian values, and none other.

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[1] Matthew 16:16

[2] Isaiah 29:21 That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him … and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.

[3] Isaiah 5:20

Judeo-Christian Worldview: America’s Covenant with God Theme Quotes

Judeo-Christian Worldview:

America’s Covenant with God Theme Quotes

America’s Covenant with God

american covenant with God

by Jon McNaughton

If my people . . . shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

This is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ. ~Ether 2:12

God made man free—and then gave him the commandments to keep him free. We cannot break the Ten Commandments. We can only break ourselves against them—or else, by keeping them, rise through them to the fullness of freedom under God. ~Cecil B. De Mille

covenant relationshipThe Covenant not only shows the unprecedented blessings America has received as a result of obedience to God but also what every citizen today can do to honor our national covenant with God and thus ensure His continued blessings. ~David Barton

I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise. Doctrine and Covenants 82:10

True to the faith that our parents have cherished,

True to the truth for which martyrs have perished,

true to the faithTo God’s command,

Soul, heart, and hand,

Faithful and true we will ever stand.

~Evan Stephens

“No matter how serious the trial, how deep the distress, how great the affliction, [God] will never desert us. He never has, and he never will. He cannot do it. It is not His character [to do so]. . . .He will [always] stand by us. We may pass through the fiery furnace; we may pass through deep waters; but we shall not be consumed nor overwhelmed. We shall emerge from all these trials and difficulties the better and purer for them.” ~George Q. Cannon

The Covenant by Timothy BallardWe are familiar with covenants we make as individuals. This is similar, but it’s a covenant made, not between God and one of His children, but between God and an entire nation. He will grant His nations the liberty, protection, and prosperity . . . but He expects something in return. He expects general obedience from His people in these special lands. The leaders of these special lands need to understand this covenant so they can lead the people to righteousness and thus to the blessings of heaven. ~Timothy Ballard

Truth will ultimately prevail where there are pains taken to bring it to light. ~George Washington

Tyranny is so generally established in the rest of the world that the prospect of an asylum in America for those who love liberty gives general joy . . . It is a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own. ~Benjamin Franklin

 

I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these states. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means. ~John Adams

They tell us, sir, that we are weak. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed and a guard stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Sir, we are not weak if we make proper use of those means which the God of nature has placed in our power. ~Patrick Henry

 

Defender of Christianity: True to the Faith

Defender of Christianity: True to the Faith

 

True to the Faith

By Evan Stephens

truth1Shall the youth of Zion falter in defending truth and right?

While the enemy assaileth, shall we shrink or shun the fight? No!

While we know the powers of darkness seek to thwart the work of God,

Shall the children of the promise cease to grasp the iron rod? No!

 

We will work out our salvation; we will cleave unto the truth;

We will watch and pray and labor with the fervent zeal of youth. Yes!

We will strive to be found worthy of the kingdom of our Lord,

culture-war7-truthWith the faithful ones redeemed who have loved and kept his word. Yes!

 

True to the faith that our parents have cherished,

True to the truth for which martyrs have perished,

To God’s command, soul, heart, and hand,

Faithful and true we will ever stand.