19 February 2009

Who's On the Lord's Side? - Part 1

On occasion in sacrament meeting we sing a hymn with words by Hannah Cornaby:
"Who's on the Lord's side? Who? Now is the time to show. We ask it fearlessly: Who's on the Lord's side? Who?...We serve the living God, And want his foes to know that, if but few, we're great; Who's on the Lord's side? Who? We're going on to win; No fear must blanch the brow. The Lord of Hosts is ours; Who's on the Lord's side? Who?... The stone cut without hands to fill the earth must grow. Who'll help to roll it on? Who's on the Lord's side? Who? Our ensign to the world is floating proudly now. No coward bears our flag; Who's on the Lord's side? Who?... The powers of earth and hell in rage direct the blow that's aimed to crush the work; Who's on the Lord's side? Who? Truth, life, and liberty, Freedom from death and woe, are stakes we're fighting for; Who's on the Lord's side? Who?... We ask it fearlessly: Who's on the Lord's side? Who?" (Hymns, 1985, no. 260).

That is one of the purposes of life - to see who is willing to be on the Lord's side, even though we do not remember our life with Him before our mortal births.
"Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones; And God saw these souls that they were good.... And there stood one among them that was ilke unto God, and he said unto those who were with him...we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them.... And the Lord said: Whom shall I send? And one answered like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me. And another answered and said: Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will send the first. And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate; and, at that day, many followed after him." (Abraham 3:22-28).

We are part of that war that started many years ago. This war of words, ideals, and truth started in the pre-earth life. We were all there at that grand council. We had to make a choice - we always have been given the choice. We had to speak for one or the other. We were given two choices: God's plan as put forth by Jesus Christ or Lucifer's plan. We had to choose to be on either the Lord's side or on Lucifer's side, there was no middle ground. Some people probably were not engaged in their choice and support of a plan but they had to choose.

There is no middle ground in this life either. We need to stand up for the Lord's Church and unflinchingly stand against those who fight against the Lord. We don't need to go on the offensive but we need to be willing to stand strong and tall, fearless in our faith, against the onslaughts of the enemy.

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