By Jason A. Kofoed
24 October 2014
When I finally awoke to the "awful situation" that surrounds me us, it was really, really startling at first. While I've finally gotten to where I am able to not only deal and cope with what's really going on in this country (and the world) but be proactive in exposing it all, there's one thing I've not been able to do and that's "unsee" the dangers for what they really are. This can be a real blessing...and a curse.
In the scriptures, one ancient prophet discribed it as follows:
6 And then shall they rejoice; for they shall know that it is a blessing unto them from the hand of God; and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a pure and a delightsome people. (2 Nephi 30:6)
While the above is in the context of a group of people finally being taught and accepting the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the principle remains the same: when one "awakens" to truth, it is as if scales have literally fallen from the eyes and once they fall away, one will always see things as they really are so long as they remain obedient to the commandments of God. This is actually a Gift of the Spirit given to us from God Himself when we accept, embrace and act upon the revelation of truth. While this is a true blessing to be cherished, it is very easy at times to forget that not everyone around us is able to see what we see.
At times, this can be very frustrating- believe me, I know. Some people just aren't open to the truth and no matter what you say, nothing will convince them. With these folks, there's nothing you can do...right now. For everyone, there is a time and a season in which they are open and receptive to things they once had no interest in. This is true with you and it is true with me. Again, I can testify that timing is everything when it comes to many things in life but I believe that God can lead us along in knowing when the time is right to share certain truths with others we come in contact with. When we are prompted to open our mouths, we must obey. This also applies to being prompted to not say anything lest we end up in a sea of frustration that can very easily cause us to give up on everyone else that we may be able to otherwise influence.
Which leads us to the title of this post: How far do we go in trying to convince others of the dangers that surround us?
Below is a funny little clip that I came across today that can serve as a warning against going too far in trying to persuade the un-persuasive masses.
Have you been there before?
While it takes patience, persistance, endurance and a whole lot of love, everything is possible with God on our side and we should be able to rest assured that we have done all that we can.