Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Mormon 4:5 -- On Resisting Bloodshed

"But, behold, the judgments of God will overtake the wicked; and it is by the wicked that the wicked are punished; for it is the wicked that stir up the hearts of the children of men unto bloodshed."
Mormon 4:5

This chapter is mostly about war, and in the middle of describing some of it is this.  Neither side is presented as being justified or in the right... women and children were being sacrificed to idols, and both sides were clearly not being obedient to God.  And whether the war was about rights or land or differences in belief... doesn't even matter, as I think this verse makes clear.  The idea of wanting to kill someone else has evil at its core.  God's way is always love, no matter what has gone on before.
Today, let's break the cycle of hatred.  Let's not be the wicked in punishing *or* being punished.  Let's be the righteous and the good, and find another way to solve our problems without harming each other.

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