The Book of Mormon was written for our day.
My brief note here is intended to highlight that humans today seem to be no different than humans in the past. Sure, we may have access to more technology and inventions.
At our core, however, we are all susceptible to corruption and corrupting influences.
This verse from the Book of Mormon is sobering, as we consider our modern day.
O, how could you have forgotten you God in the very day that he has delivered you?
But behold, it is to get gain, to be praised of men, yea, and that ye might get gold and silver. And ye have set your hearts upon the riches and the vain things of this world, for the which ye do murder, and plunder, and steal, and bear false witness against your neighbor, and do all manner of iniquity. (Helaman 7:20-21)
When you observe the world today, what do you see?
All manner of people doing whatever they can, whatever the cost to get gold and silver, to achieve the vain things of the world. Pursuing plunder, stealing, lying, cheating, and practicing all manner of inequality (remember that iniquity and inequality are the same word!)
How many of us are pursuing these vain things?
How many of us cheer at others who are corrupt?
How many of us support those who are breaking norms of decency, fairness, and goodness because they promise fame and fortune?
How many of us are willing to compromise some of our values because corrupt leaders promise to preserve something that matters to us?
The Book of Mormon was written for our day. Are we much different than the people in the Book of Mormon?
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