The Life And Times Of Professional Inflamers & Peacemakers

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They have been around since 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 seem 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 goodwill 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.

I was very impressed with the most recent talk given by Russell M. Nelson.  Quoting him, “The Savior’s message is clear: His true disciples build, lift, encourage, persuade, and inspire—no matter how difficult the situation. True disciples of Jesus Christ are peacemakers…how we treat each other really matters! How we speak to and about others at home, at church, at work, and online really matters. Today, I am asking us to interact with others in a higher, holier way. Please listen carefully. “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy” that we can say about another person—whether to his face or behind her back—that should be our standard of communication.” He later declared:

“Now, I am not talking about “peace at any price.” I am talking about treating others in ways that are consistent with keeping the covenant you make when you partake of the sacrament. You covenant to always remember the Savior. In situations that are highly charged and filled with contention, I invite you to remember Jesus Christ. Pray to have the courage and wisdom to say or do what He would. As we follow the Prince of Peace, we will become His peacemakers.”

Let us not be found following and promoting conduct contrary to the teachings of the Savior. He taught that we should be forgiving and loving to all.  It is never easy to forgive or turn the other cheek, but let us not fall victim to those who promote and inflame hate and prejudice by joining in with hateful speech or actions. We can join the side of inflammers or peacemakers. The choice is ours!

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