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There Can Be Peace Despite the Surrounding Physical and Moral Tempests

In Jeffrey R. Holland’s book, For Times of Trouble: Spiritual Solace from the Psalms, he comments on Psalms 57:7:

“My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed…”

Jeffrey R. Holland states, “We can’t always control external experiences. We can’t always control the forces of nature or mortality. Things swirl around us coming from the complexity of [this life] that won’t always yield to our wishes. But we can fix our heart. We can remain true, we can keep our integrity, we can hold to that which we believe.”

Despite the moral swirl coming from the new normal being externally imposed on us as individuals and imposed on our schools, churches, and businesses from those who profit off of confusion and nuanced morality, there can be peace had in our souls.

Despite the threat to freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion, a peace can be had from which compassion, civility, understanding and love can spring forth. A peace that defies Justice Kennedy’s inaccurate characterization of those opposed to any component or any of the outcomes of the sexual freedom experiment as “improper animus”.

While it is incomprehensible for those interest groups promoting their agendas to believe, as John Smoot notes in his article, Children Need Our Marriage Tradition, most of us, gay or straight, can wake up and love and respect our gay or straight friends, relatives, and neighbors and still have opposing opinions on marriage. Most of us, can still marvel at the beauty of all children no matter how conceived and still be strongly opposed to any cultural change….

As Christ explained this peace, which does not mean freedom from external worldly turmoil or attacks, would be beyond worldly comprehension because it embraces virtue, integrity, and sacrifice, and includes the concept of love:

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”—John 14:27.

Core Values of Western Society Eroding

One does not have to be a religious believer to grasp that the core values of Western Civilization are grounded in religion, and to be concerned that the erosion of religious observance therefore undermines those values and the ‘secular ideas’ they reflect.-The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle Over God, Truth, and Power, Melanie Phillips, 1st American Edition, Encounter Books, 2010.

Unwritten Norms of Right and Wrong

“Our society is not held together just by law and its enforcement, but most importantly by voluntary obedience to the unenforceable and by widespread adherence to unwritten norms of right or righteous behavior.”–Preserving Religion Freedom, Dallin H. Oaks, February 2011.