I apologize now if this is offensive to anyone, that's not intended.
I have been amazed as I have watched Facebook and other social media sites how many people, in the face of criticism and challenge don't stand up for their beliefs.
Now, let me say this. am I perfect? Heck no. not even close.
Are there things I struggle every day? Absolutely.
But I'd like to think that aside from my insecurities and imperfections that eat away at me,
when I am standing against opposition, I hold my values strong.
Lately there has been a heated debate regarding same-sex marriage.
I have watched so many faithful, wonderful, amazing members of the church speak out and stand up for the principles and values of the gospel.
I admire them and applaud them for their efforts in spreading the word.
It has been on Facebook, instagram, blogs, and other things.
then I see people who are faithful, wonderful, amazing members of the church go completely against the teachings of the gospel because they don't want to offend their "friends".
I know its a touchy subject, and in one way or another we are all connected to someone who struggles with same-sex attraction, regardless of where we stand.
So I know its hard.
But I also know that we can do more.
We can be bold but not overbearing.
People are so quick to say that we are judgmental, and rude, and discriminating against their beliefs.
"How does that decision affect you?"
"Don't you want everyone to be able to experience true love?"
"The can't control how they feel."
The list goes on and on with some of their reasonings behind it.
All I am doing is saying that I am against it. completely.
Why are we afraid to stand up and say, "This is what I believe." ESPECIALLY when we know the Lord's way of doing things. All throughout time the Lord has condemned gay marriage. Does He think any less of the people? No. But He has set forth very specific guidelines as to what is ok, and what isn't. About the true nature of the family.
We already know who is going to win this battle of right vs wrong, good vs evil, and some of us are still trying to decide which team to be on.
It is good, and actually healthy to have differing opinions with our friends and those we love.
We can stand our ground without being rude, or disrespectful.
The Lord needs people who are willing to stand up, even if it means standing alone.
He needs people willing to say, "I disagree", or "I agree" when all of the voices of society are pointing mocking fingers at us.
Do I need to be better? I absolutely do.
Could I be more open about my beliefs? I could do better every single day. There are so many opportunities that I have to share my testimony that I don't take because I don't recognize it as such.
And I'm going to be better at that starting today.
I need to be.
As things get more and more crazy as the Savior's second coming approaches, things aren't going to get any easier. Its going to continuously get harder to live the teachings of the gospel if we aren't completely sure of our beliefs and firm in our testimonies.
The parable of the 10 virgins perfectly describes our day.
Are we going to be prepared when the bridegroom comes?
Are we going to be faithful up until that point?
I have a lot of work to do. A lot.
The Lord is looking for those who are prepared to stand and fight for His gospel.
I hope to be one of those people.