Godlessness Versus Liberty

Prophet Statesmen, Mark E. Peterson

Since freedom is a gift of heaven, can we preserve it by violating the very law upon which it is predicated? Can we hope to retain the blessings of liberty by ignoring him who is the Author of liberty?

Do we suppose that we can go on in our godless practices and receive continued mercy from the Being whom we offend?

As lovers of liberty, we must recognize the source from when this blessing comes. We must purge from our hearts the unbelief which daily loosens our grasp on the very principles for which we send our sons to war. We must believe that God lives and that he is a power to be reckoned with, regardless of ignorance or prejudice.

This fact some have learned through bitter experience. It was a truth which Moses impressed upon the children of Israel in his day. To the assembled hosts in the wilderness, eagerly awaiting admittance to the Promised Land, he said:

Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;

A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day;

And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day. (Deuteronomy 11: 26-28)

If the people of America will serve the Lord and keep his commandments, and thereby nurture the spirit of freedom, we will be blessed and prospered, and this country will go on to a glorious destiny.

If we follow in his footsteps, we shall never have need to fear for the safety of our cities or farms, our industries or our homes, for he will strengthen us as he did the armies of ancient Israel, and bring us victory.

Source: Mark E. Peterson, The Salt and the Savor, Bookcraft Inc. Salt Lake City, Utah. 1976, p. 78-79. Mark E. Peterson (1900-1984) served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He also served as managing editor and, later, editor of the Deseret News.