Are You in the Know?
Here are series of questions. Let's see how many you can relate to.
- Do you sometimes find yourself tempted to bend with the social winds of the day?
- Do you sometimes find yourself wondering why so many U.S. states are supporting same-sex marriage or why more aren't?
- Do you find that you're influenced by a lot of "trending" concepts and ideals that, not so long ago, were unaccepted by society?
- Do you find yourself being more tolerant because socially it's the right thing to do?
- Do you find yourself consumed with so many activities and tasks in your busy life that you have less and less time to read the Word of God, pray, or meditate on the blessings of God or even attend Church?
If you struggle with any of this, then you're not alone! Let's face it. It's hard to go outside on a rainy day and not get a little wet. Likewise, it's hard to not be affected by a demanding work/life schedule and a world where right is wrong and wrong is right.
If you're like many people, it's hard to know if what you were taught as a kid was right or wrong, especially when ideas sound good and are layered with phrases like, "Everyone deserves to be happy" or "Everyone has a right to make personal choices." These positions can cloud our understanding and even our interpretation of right and wrong.
The question that continually goes though my mind is this: How do I reconcile everything I hear around me (and even what I think) with what Jesus taught? How do I know what is right and what isn't?
We must be sure of what we believe and why. If not, we'll find ourselves in a rainstorm when we expected a warm, sunny day, and we won't be prepared. Said another way, we'll be "tossed to and fro, carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive" (Ephesians 4:14).
We can't say that we know it's true because it's what "everyone" believes. We have to ask ourselves the hard questions and find the answers.
So, where do I go to find answers? Internet? Facebook? Twitter? Friends or family? All of these are options, but let's not exclude what Christ taught in His Word. We're never too old to learn. We're never too young to start learning.
1 Nephi 22:22-23 states, "The righteous need not fear, for they are those who shall not be confounded. But it is the kingdom of the devil, which shall be built up among the children of men, which kingdom is established among them which are in the flesh [...] who must be consumed as stubble."
The best way to know is to read His Word, pray, attend church on Sunday and midweek — and to even question the positions of The Church ... Yes, it's OK!
Ask why The Church doesn't support same-sex marriage. Ask why drinking or going to the bar isn't wise, even though everyone does it. Ask why premarital sex is wrong, even though it's commonplace. Ask for help balancing life and its challenges. Ask the ordained officers to use the Word of God to explain these reasons (not their opinions). Better yet, search for yourself, and see what the Word says about these topics.
The Apostle Paul wrote, "Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
Seek to know — before you're challenged.
This article has undergone ministry review and approval.