I firmly believe that the United States of America, and the Constitution that created the unified nation, were divinely inspired instruments designed to protect the God-given freedoms of all mankind.*
I really do believe that. I also believe that the founding fathers of this great nation were some of God’s finest sons . . . with their wives, mothers, and sisters, being no less important to the birth of America than they were.
When George Washington was inaugurated, he placed his hand in the book of Genesis, on the verses of the 49th chapter that describe Jacob’s patriarchal blessings to his sons. President Washington did this wittingly . . . he knew exactly what these verses meant for him as a person, and the nation for which he was now to be the first person to execute the powers of the Constitution. Washington was making a covenant. He, and America, would follow God’s commandments as long as he, George Washington, had anything to do with it. **
There is a covenant upon this land of America, and George Washington was not the first to make it. In The Book of Mormon we find this promise:
“But behold, this land, said God, shall be a land of thine inheritance, and the Gentiles shall be blessed upon the land. And this land shall be a land of liberty unto the Gentiles, and there shall be no kings upon the land, who shall raise up unto the Gentiles.And I will fortify this land against all other nations.” (2 Nephi 10:10-12)
A strong promise of protection! But that is not the end of it. In verse 19 of that same chapter, the Lord said this: “…for it is a choice land, saith God unto me, above all other lands, wherefore I will have all men that dwell thereon that they shall worship me, saith God.”
This covenant is one that requires us, as Americans, to not just recognize the Lord as the giver of all blessings received, but to also obey His commandments as contained in the Holy Scriptures. Any student of the scriptures would recognize the serious charge placed upon us to be peacemakers. And although we are to proclaim peace to the world, we are justified in defending ourselves, our families, and our liberty, when necessary. But we are never justified to be an aggressor. We are never to start a war.
At the end of The Book of Mormon, the great abridger of the Nephite records, Mormon, tells why he stepped down as commander of the Nephite armies after they won a significant battle:
“And now, because of this great thing which my people, the Nephites, had done, they began to boast in their own strength, and began to swear before the heavens that they would avenge themselves of the blood of their brethren who had been slain by their enemies. And they did swear by the heavens, and also by the throne of God, that they would go up to battle against their enemies, and would cut them off from the face of the land. And it came to pass that I, Mormon, did utterly refuse from this time forth to be a commander and a leader of this people, because of their wickedness and abomination.” (Mormon 3:9-11)
Note that the people boasted in their strength, but the real sin was that the Nephites had sworn that “they would go up to battle against their enemies, and would cut them off from the face of the land.” This speaks of total annihilation. It also makes the Nephites the aggressor, not the defender of their homes. It wasn’t long after that incident that the Nephites never won another significant battle. They were chased from place to place until they were totally annihilated.
So what has Syria done to the United States? Has Syria attacked our homes? Has Assad waged war with the United States or her allies?
Not that I can see.
But what I do see is that the Obama administration was running weapons through Benghazi, into Turkey, so that they might arm the Muslim Brotherhood and other Jihadist rebels against a legitimate government. In other words, the United States has contributed to a civil war. Ultimately, we may have started it. At the very least, we have become an aggressor in a sovereign state where we had no business interfering. And it’s becoming more clear that Assad’s regime may not have been the perpetrators of the recent chemical weapons attacks on civilians . . . it may have been the rebels themselves.
Do we want to be known as the nation who supported savages who kill their enemies and thereafter cut out and eat the organs of their victims? ***
Does anyone else have this sick feeling in the pit of your stomach that WW-III is about to break loose? I am so disgusted with our leaders in Washington DC! (strike that…. they are really MANAGERS… they don’t lead, they only create and then try to manage each crisis)
They are pusillanimous politicians. Where is the outcry against Obama in this Syrian mess? We have NO BUSINESS being involved there.
I fear that this country is already under severe condemnation for becoming an aggressor in the middle east… Libya, Egypt, and now Syria… including the gun-running out of Benghazi to arm Jihadist rebels…
We are in BIG trouble folks. America might as well bomb herself as go to war in Syria. When America becomes the aggressor, she will lose all protection of the Almighty. She will lose this war.
May God bless our troops and their families!
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* Reference: Doctrine and Covenants 101:76-80
** Reference: Nephite Explorer, The Promised Land, Part two
*** Reference: Syrian Rebel Commander Eats Heart And Liver Of Soldier