The Life And Times Of A Professional Inflamer


They have been around before the beginning of time. They are professional inflamers. The Father of all inflamers is Lucifer. It is recorded that he inflamed others into rejecting the Plan of Salvation as presented by Jesus Christ.  John the Revelation recorded that Lucifer lead a revolt against God the Father and His son Jesus Christ in the pre-mortal existence and was cast down to earth (Revelation 12) Then he went to work right away after the world was created. Perhaps you recall his words to Eve in the garden. Words meant to inflame her against God.

“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5)

Unfortunately there have been many on this earth throughout history, who have  followed  his example by inflaming hatred in others. It is recorded in the gospel of Mark that it was the chief priests who inflamed the people into crying out for the crucifixion of Jesus. (15:11)  Often, such people do it because it profits them and not out of the “goodness” of their heart.

Recently a social tragedy has polarized our communities. In such a situation there seems to be those on both sides who love to inflame hatred, rather than seek healing. Most often, they seek to inflame out of selfish desires for fame, money and prestige. They prey upon the good will of citizens and try to inflame them with hatred by using incendiary words.  Often they seek not for justice, but for their own self-aggrandizement and fame. They follow in the path of the evil one who incites malice in the hearts of men.

Justice is sometimes hard to find in this imperfect life and there are many who seize upon this for their profit.  Let us not be found following and promoting conduct contrary to the teachings of the Savior. It is He who taught that we should be forgiving and loving to all. It is never easy to forgive, but let us not fall victims to those who promote and inflame hate and prejudice.


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