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Love is a Battlefield
I have been thinking over the past day or so about all the upheaval going on in the world around me and among people I know and don’t know. I have been watching the sides forming, as if we are being called to battle for a cause which is called by the same name on both sides. It is called Love. The difference between them is the difference in understanding. What one side thinks is Love is what the opposing side views as anathema.

The Sliding Scale: Moral Relativism vs Moral Absolutism
I have been thinking about the arguments regarding authority and truth. Some feel there is no ultimate authority, and there is no ultimate truth, anywhere in the universe beyond the ends of their noses. Some feel there is a Creator to whom all of us will be accountable, and that He has given laws and commandments to govern all mankind. Most are somewhere in the gradient. I wish that they were hot or cold, instead of a personal mixture, but times are changing. As the sides in this conflict continue to polarize, the gray zone is narrowing down into a No-Man’s Land.

The Purpose and Final Goal of the Libertines:
I have been thinking about the ultimate purpose put forth by the contenders. One side I call the Libertines, because they fit the description Noah Webster gave of them in his 1828 dictionary:


Libertine, noun [Latin libertinus, from liber, free]

  1. Among the Romans, a freedman; a person manumitted or set from from legal servitude
  2. One unconfined; one free from restraint
  3. A man who lives without restraint of the animal passion; one who indulges his lust without restraint; one who leads a dissolute, licentious life; a rake; a debauchee

Libertine, adjective

  • licentious; dissolute; not under the restraint of law or religion; as in libertine principles, a libertine life.

Libertines advocate their cause with group-speak and obtain power in numbers. At first glance, this appears similar to a democracy, where laws are established by popular vote. But the United States was established as a Republic, a form of government where laws are established and maintained by a founding bedrock Law: which Law in our country is called the Constitution.  Libertines enthrone collective rights as the ideal because there is no condemnation for any act if everyone is also doing it. Therefore, their belief is that collective rights are the penultimate power behind individual rights: When everything is the same for everyone, nothing will be unfair.  Therefore, what is good for all must necessarily be good for one, unless the one is a persecuted minority in favor with Libertine beliefs or practices. In that case, every thing flips on it’s head. The minority group then becomes the government’s major concern because it must be protected. This is accomplished by establishing collective laws for all. The new collective law floods the land, thus covering the persecuted minority. Voila! This fixes the problem by creating a new peace for a newly recreated majority. Phrases often heard are “for the common good of society” and “equal privileges across the board.”

I have observed, however, that among Libertines, exceptions must be made on every turn, because the collective keeps running into the pesky reality of the existence of the individual. Libertine lawgivers often do not seem to live, themselves, by the laws put forth to govern everyone. (Pssst – because of their libertine way of thinking). Individuals in society who vary from the norm throw a wrench in the wheel of the system, because someone must then decide how to handle the irregularity.  So, the libertine group-think must then find and uphold a leader, as they determine by majority or popular vote.  That leader, though not the Law, but an individual, necessarily ends up becoming the Law, because final authority is necessary to maintain order in any society. Therefore, getting benefits in the Libertine system depends heavily upon who your advocate is and what kind of relationship you have with them. It feels very Animal Farm, with some thinking themselves more equal than others; that they are somehow naturally superior for the intelligence they have used in joining, embracing and advancing the system of “US”.

Ultimately this means that among the Libertines, there is no universally recognized law or punishments set but those they set themselves, and, of course, these can vary from day to day, according to who is in power and/or what the people raise up a clamor to change again. With a libertine, nothing is set in stone, because they perceive they would then not be free.

To me, this sounds an awful lot like Lucifer’s plan in Premortal World. He promised to save us all, that not one would be lost… but he was the boss and we would have to do whatever he said to get what was held out in promise. With his plan, change moves from the outside, in. The group acts upon the one, at varying levels in society, whether or not that group is a majority in number or a majority in level of perceived social oppression. In this system, any individual noncompliance by the governed evokes force from the government. The end result is enslavement of the individual to the group. No promises kept, no demands allowed, because there is no binding covenant by anyone, or any group of anyones, with any unchanging, universally recognized Law.

Independence vs Tyranny

Molly Pitcher: Keeper of Liberty

 

The Purpose of the Keepers of Liberty
The other side advocates the individual citizen and individual rights as paramount. This is called independence. They also hold up interdependence as an ideal, which is the state in which many independent individuals freely choose to work together, uniting for one common goal under the Law. They desire a one-on-one sort of relationship between each person and the Law, with the Law being put for as being best for all… and because it’s best for one, if each person will conform to the Law, it will be best for all. They believe in freedom existing only within those laws, the concept known as Liberty. From a religious standpoint this type of society could also be called Zion, a place where the citizens are pure in heart, which means to will only one thing. They are of one heart, and one mind, with no poor among them. Liberty as explained by Webster”s 1828 dictionary:

LIB’ERTY, noun. [from the Latin, libertas, from liber, free.]

  1. Freedom from restraint, in a general sense, and applicable to the body, or to the will or mind. The body is at liberty, when not confined; the will or mind is at liberty, when not checked or controlled. A man enjoys liberty, when no physical force operates to restrain his actions or volitions.
  2. Natural liberty, consists in the power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, except from the laws of nature. It is a state of exemption from the control of others, and from positive laws and the institutions of social life. This liberty is abridged by the establishment of government.
  3. Civil liberty, is the liberty of men in a state of society, or natural liberty, so far only abridged and restrained, as is necessary and expedient for the safety and interest of the society, state or nation. A restraint of natural liberty, not necessary or expedient for the public, is tyranny or oppression. Civil liberty is an exemption from the arbitrary will of others, which exemption is secured by established laws, which restrain every man from injuring or controlling another. Hence the restraints of law are essential to civil liberty.The liberty of one depends not so much on the removal of all restraint from him, as on the due restraint upon the liberty of others.In this sentence, the latter word liberty denotes natural liberty.
  4. Political liberty, is sometimes used as synonymous with civil liberty. But it more properly designates the liberty of a nation, the freedom of a nation or state from all unjust abridgment of its rights and independence by another nation. Hence we often speak of the political liberties of Europe, or the nations of Europe.
  5. Religious liberty, is the free right of adopting and enjoying opinions on religious subjects, and of worshiping the Supreme Being according to the dictates of conscience, without external control.
  6. Liberty, in metaphysics, as opposed to necessity, is the power of an agent to do or forbear any particular action, according to the determination or thought of the mind, by which either is preferred to the other.Freedom of the will; exemption from compulsion or restraint in willing or volition.
  7. Privilege; exemption; immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant; with a plural. Thus we speak of the liberties of the commercial cities of Europe.
  8. Leave; permission granted. The witness obtained liberty to leave the court.
  9. A space in which one is permitted to pass without restraint, and beyond which he may not lawfully pass; with a plural; as the liberties of a prison.
  10. Freedom of action or speech beyond the ordinary bounds of civility or decorum. Females should repel all improper liberties.To take the liberty to do or say any thing, to use freedom not specially granted.To set at liberty, to deliver from confinement; to release from restraint.To be at liberty, to be free from restraint.
  11. Liberty of the press, is freedom from any restriction on the power to publish books; the free power of publishing what one pleases, subject only to punishment for abusing the privilege, or publishing what is mischievous to the public or injurious to individuals.

The Keepers can see the difference between living in liberty and living as a Libertine.

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch fires of a hundred circling camps
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;
His day is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His day is marching on.

I have read a fiery Gospel writ in burnished rows of steel;
“As ye deal with My contemners, so with you My grace shall deal”;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with His heel,
Since God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Since God is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat;
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet;
Our God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Our God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free;
[originally …let us die to make men free]
While God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! While God is marching on.

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is wisdom to the mighty, He is honor to the brave;
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of wrong His slave,
Our God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Our God is marching on.

How Libertines Are Blurring Our Vision.
I am a Keeper of Liberty. That is why a recent image I saw is so disturbing. It was in similitude of the famous black-and-white post-WWII V-Day photograph of a soldier grabbing up a nurse and kissing her.  Did you know that the original photograph was also forced? The soldier didn’t know the nurse. They were strangers. The new image features Lady Liberty and Lady Justice kissing. Whoever drew the cartoon didn’t even know the history of this iconic image, or I am not sure they would have used it, because it tells the truth: The Libertines in our land, abusing and using Justice to advance their cause, insist on being blind to the Constitutional law that already exists here. They are intent on removing all the constraints and protections of that divinely inspired law. They are forcing themselves upon the rest of us, the Keepers of the flame of Llberty.

Someone must have caught the mistake because a new “improved” image is now circulating of Justice dropping her sword and running into the arms of waiting Liberty in a lesbian embrace. Again, this is a compete misinterpretation of what these concepts mean and what meant when the government of the United States was first established. Wikipedia reports that the sword symbolizes Punishment, which is false!! I have read elsewhere online that it represents Justice, which is also false! Properly understood, what was dropped in America this week was the Truth. Again.

The Virtue of Justice

The Virtue of Justice

The sword of Justice symbolizes Truth. This is because in the original Republican ideal, Justice acted upon the individual with the Truth, with Truth being determined by Law. Mercy was to have no part of it, which is why Justice is blindfolded, so she cannot see the individual. She MUST obey just the Law and ONLY the Law, despite any mitigating circumstances which she might see and decide to pity… for she is a woman and that is how women are:  Kind, nurturing, sympathetic to the plights of her “children”: the citizens of the country. The other reason she was blindfolded was so that she would be no respecter of persons, which means, she would be judging between man and man based on the evidence alone, and NOT King Henry VIII vs. the peasant… or The Godfather vs. the family of his murder victim. Discerning Truth is why a trial is held, and this is the truth being sought: Was the Law broken, or not? That is why she holds scales, a symbol of weighing, balancing, deliberating, deciding, choosing between just two verdicts:

  1. Guilty of breaking the Law, or
  2. Innocent of breaking the Law.

Justice makes her decision, and only THEN does she take off the blindfold in order to act upon them with her sword. As the blindfold is removed and she gazes upon the Plaintiff and Defendant with the perception that was withheld from her before. Only now does she become a respecter of persons, seeing rich or poor, young or old, black or white, beautiful or ugly, prominent power or hated minority.


RESPECT’ER, n. One that respects; chiefly used in the phrase, respecter of persons, which signifies a person who regards the external circumstances of others in his judgment, and suffers his opinion to be biased by them, to the prejudice of candor, justice and equity. Usage: I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10).


All this doesn’t matter now, though, because Justice has already decided and decreed, regardless of who she now can see. She  approaches BOTH parties with the sword of Truth. Oh yes, EACH individual must meet her, eye to eye. Not just the guilty. This is how it works:

Justice enforcing the Truth: carrying out punishments/protections, according to Law.

Justice enforcing the Truth: carrying out punishments and protections, according to the Law.

  • Her sword is double-edged and swift, meaning it can move in either direction… not just one, and it can move quickly too! Were her sword only single-edged, it would mean that one of the parties in judgement has an automatic disadvantage.
  • For any party who has not broken the Law, there is no punishment affixed to having broken no law. Having kept the law (that is, having obeyed it, not broken it, kept it inviolate or not violated it) that party is PROTECTED by the Truth. They kept the Law. This is what it means to be justified within the Law. Justice turns away her sword, for Truth does not destroy Truth.
  • Justice now acts first as protector, wielding the innocence-protecting sword of Truth upon any party who has offended. Second, Justice acts as enforcer. The Law that was written and accepted by all as the Law, lists the consequences upon the individual if he chooses to break that Law. Well, it has happened. Justice has decreed that someone is guilty of breaking the law. Having lost, disobeyed, broken, or violated the Law, the guilty person is PUNISHED by the Truth. For the Law to stand, for the Law to be respected as powerful and authoritative, for the Law to be obeyed by all others in the society, the consequence MUST be enforced. So falls the sword! That is the Truth in action. That is the duty of Justice, in protection of the Law. But it is the individual who chooses to violate the Law who causes that sword to fall, NOT Lady Justice. Never forget that.
  • Therefore, I don’t like it when people complain over a verdict they disagree with, moaning Justice is blind! Of course it must be blind to anything but the Law, or it would be biased and unfair. Justice being blind is a GOOD thing. As for the phrase, Justice was robbed, the only thing that can be stolen from Justice are her scales of decision, her sword of Truth or her own integrity. When it comes to integrity, the only person that can steal that from Justice is herself.
  • Therefore, the danger to this system of Liberty and Law is an unjust judge: one who does not respect the Law but makes himself a law unto himself. Then everything gets derailed. It is as if Lady Justice has been deposed from her throne, which is the courtroom, and then mocked. She is made to watch as the judge has presumes to put himself in her place. This is where we get words like travesty and injustice.
  • I see incorrect imagery all over the internet now, such as what is purported to be the angel of Mercy whispering in the ear of Justice. And this is a good thing? What?! Can Mercy can  rob Justice? No! Neither would she, if she is really Mercy! Neither can Justice rob Mercy! Where there is Liberty, there must be both!
  • Both of these VIRTUES, Justice and Mercy, are symbolized as pure women, almost like goddesses. They are of perfect, pristine integrity. The reason they exist is to uphold and sustain the system of Liberty. Otherwise we could not call them that for they would cease being who they are!  The only thing that could possibly attempt to whisper in the ear of Justice would be somebody or something evil, for only evil hates Justice. Only Evil wishes to escape Justice. Only Evil would try to misdirect, deceive, entice or lead away Justice from staying the course of her mission and duty. Yes, then cometh the evil one, disguised as an angel of the light of Liberty: disguised as Mercy. She is cheating, yes, breaking the Law by whispering to Justice about what she has vowed not to view. Her blindfold keeps her impartial and loyal to the Law: able to see the Law and only the Law. If Justice heeds the evil one, she ceases to be Justice and she becomes Blind to the Law, with or without the blindfold.
Then cometh the evil one...

Then cometh the evil one…

Justice, Love and Mercy meet in harmony! Divine harmony caused by our Great Mediator within the law, Jehovah. There is no surreptitiousness, no discord, no mutiny – they are of one heart and mind, 100% on the same team: defending Liberty.


The story of the Libertine and the Keeper of Liberty plays out in literature again and again and again. We only need to have eyes to see. I have included one of them, with a link to another, in the hope that they will help you to teach yourselves and your children to recognize the war that is going on around us all the time. I would begin first, however, with reading Ezekiel 34. I believe the God of this land is a Keeper of Liberty, too. What are YOU going to be? A Libertine or a Keeper?


Poem: The Walrus and the Carpenter, by Lewis Carroll

A “pious” man explained to his followers: “It is evil to take lives and noble to save them. Each day I pledge to save a hundred lives. I drop my net in the lake and scoop out a hundred fishes. I place the fishes on the bank, where they flop and twirl. ‘Don’t be scared,’ I tell those fishes. ‘I am saving you from drowning.’ Soon enough, the fishes grow calm and lie still. Yet, sad to say, I am always too late. The fishes expire. And because it is evil to waste anything, I take those dead fishes to market and I sell them for a good price. With the money I receive, I buy more nets so I can save more fishes.” – Anonymous.


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I just discovered the following story in my studies about rainbows. I was surprised to see that though I recognized the main storyline a few crucial elements had been removed from the story. Only in seeing this story in its wholeness did I recognize what had been taken from me. It is my belief that this story has been deliberately altered. Dumbed down. Just like the erasing that is happening everywhere else, to obliterate all evidences of the strong Judeo-Christian Republic that America once was but is no longer.

“Loren Eiseley walked along a stormy beach late one afternoon “with the wind roaring at his back and the seagulls screaming” overhead. Tourists who came to the beach would collect shellfish and sea life tossed up each night, boil them in large kettles, and take the shells home as souvenirs. Eiseley walked far down the beach around a point away from the collectors and saw “a gigantic rainbow of incredible perfection.” Toward its foot he “discerned a human figure … gazing … at something in the sand.”

“In a pool of sand … a starfish had thrust its arms up stiffly and was holding its body away from the stifling mud. … [“Is it still alive?” Eiseley asked.]

“‘Yes,’” [said the man standing in the rainbow] and with a quick … gentle movement he picked up the star and spun it … far out into the sea.

“It may live,” he said, “if the offshore pull is strong enough. …”

At first Eiseley felt only the futility of the man’s efforts, “throwing one starfish at a time back into the sea when it nightly tosses out hundreds.” He walked away, looking sadly “at the shell collectors … [and] the steaming kettles in which … voiceless things were being boiled alive.”

The next morning Eiseley again went to the beach. Again the star thrower was there. “Silently [Eiseley] … picked up a still-living star, spinning it far out into the waves. … ‘I understand,’ [he] said. ‘Call [me a star] thrower [also].’”

Of throwing the starfish back he wrote, “It was like a sowing—the sowing of life on an infinitely gigantic scale. …” He saw the star thrower stoop and throw once more. Eiseley joined with him. They “flung and flung again while all about [them] roared the insatiable waters.”

They, “alone and small in that immensity, hurled back the living stars.” They set their shoulders and “cast, … slowly, deliberately, and well. The task was not to be assumed lightly.” (Loren Eiseley, The Star Thrower [New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1978], pp. 171–73, 184.) Each moment counted if they were to rescue the starfish that they sought to save.

We need star throwers—throwers with vision and who have a sense of discipleship with the Savior, who feel the need to save where there is still life and hope and value, and not to let that life die on a friendless beach, but to hurl it back to where it belongs.

In a world where materialism, cynicism, and hopelessness exists, we share the message of greatest hope—the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Be a star thrower! Then you may better understand our Lord’s commandment: “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

– Elder David B. Haight, October 1983 Semi-Annual General Conference


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