Sunday, January 10, 2010

Here's What I Think About That

Luke 19:
41 And when [Jesus] was come near, he beheld [Jerusalem], and wept over it,
42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

Have you ever--knowing what you know about the restored gospel, about modern-day temples, about modern-day revelation, about the plain and simple truths concerning the Plan of Salvation--looked out over the rest of the world, trapped in their political/sociological/cultural/religious ignorance (and sometimes arrogance) and screamed out in your head, "Wake up people! Wake up! Don't see you see what's happening?"

As the Savior gazes out over the most famed and infamous city in the history of the world, what sorrow he must feel, for he knows what will befall it, and not just the city, but for so many of us. The city works as a metaphor, if you will, a metaphor that could easily be applied to the suffering that was to befall the Jaredites and Nephites.

Hear the lament of the Savior: If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side...

As members, those who hold the truth and are NOT hid from ignorance, we hold a great treasure and great protection from the maelstrom that is the world, that it will not drag us down--regardless of her weather, her economy, her wars, and the politics of her governments. But if we are like Jerusalem (the metaphor here), we will lose this protection. And unlike the comforting words of the Savior, "Fear not", we will fear, for the world shall lay us even with the ground, and our children within us; and they shall not leave in us one stone upon another; because you knewest not the time of thy visitation. If we allow the gospel, or should I say our testimonies, to evaporate from our lives, we will be unprepared, either for death (which we must all endure), or that great and dreadful day, the Savior's final return to Earth?

I'm left wondering...is the Savior looking out over us right now, weeping, because we've strayed from off the path, away from the iron rod, and we're utterly blind to our own eventual spiritual destruction?

(More on this later...)

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