Monday, August 11, 2014

Moses 7:32-33 -- On Freedom and Hatred

"The Lord said unto Enoch: Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands, and I gave unto them their knowledge, in the day I created them; and in the Garden of Eden, gave I unto man his agency;
And unto thy brethren have I said, and also given commandment, that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood;"
Moses 7:32-33

This is very similar, I imagine, to what an earthly parent goes through when his children go astray.  Doing everything a parent can do, short of locking them up and forcing them, and wondering why they choose to hate or destroy, when they were never taught that by their parents.  ... I'm sure God has more insight into why we make the choices that we do, and maybe that is even more frustrating, knowing that we are choosing hatred and cruelty for flimsy reasons.
Today, let's remember that we have freedom to choose love or hatred.  Let's remember that we have the knowledge to choose, and that God is always there to help.  And let's choose love.  Love of *all* of our brothers and sisters, of whatever race or gender or political persuasion.  On whatever side of war or legal or political issue.  Even if we disagree with their choices... let's love.  Let's work together and make the world the best we can.  Let's try to understand each other, and not sully our souls with hatred.

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