I want world peace.
And I have a stratagem to secure it.
There is ‘ISIS’ in my heart that I must destroy.
ISIS is all over the news. A four letter acronym that evokes fear, pain, hatred and war. Like groups before them, they specialize in terrorizing nations and individuals. And yet, the fundamental vices upon which Isis is built lay within each one of us. The ‘ISIS’ within all of our souls looks an awful lot like judgement. It looks like covetousness. It looks like idolatry. It looks like greed. Maybe it looks most like insecurity. We have seeds of corruption in our hearts – because we are the natural man*. We suppress them, or use them, hide them, or tame them. When left unchecked, they fester and grow. When married to others, as is the case in ISIS, these natural seeds of vice germinate, pollinate, procreate and have the potential to grow armies that permeate into the infrastructure of even the greatest nations in the world. It is then that armies need band together and fight the overgrown evil to maintain and repossess the safety of the innocent.
I am at home. Never to see the front lines or even the boundary lines of a foreign land in peril. How can I help? What war can I wage? Can I fight the war in my homeland, even the only land which I claim wholly (or holy) as my own? My soul? If I fight for my soul, purify my intent and offering, the seeds of vice are displaced with seeds of virtue. And a multitude of virtuous souls grow a garden of peace.
If legions of onlookers fight the ‘Isis’ within, we could in actuality bring peace to all nations, lands, kindreds and tongues. Of course real peace, for every soul, cannot and will not come until God’s appointed time. His peace, His greatest gift, will come when His Son comes again**, to rule and reign, to gift the righteous with an eternal abundance of virtue. Until then, His plan is for us to work through and learn from the turmoil, brought upon ourselves because of the war in our souls.
Consider the words of Victor Hugo from his beloved novel Les Miserables: “We must never fear robbers or murderers. They are dangers from outside, small dangers. It is ourselves we have to fear. Prejudice is the real robber, vice the real murderer. Why should we be troubled by a threat to our person or our pocket? What we have to beware of is the threat to our souls’.”
We need those who will physically fight, even kill for the freedom of our brothers and sisters who face undue physical oppression in lands far and near. Thank you! Stop Isis and all other coups that threaten safety. Keep fighting, brave soldiers. Keep leading, brave captains.
But I must fight the battle too. The battle in my homeland. And I will.
Keep fighting, brave soul. You can stop ‘ISIS’ and any other threat that penetrates your thinking and being. Day after day. Until that great day, when peace will be restored to all souls, or souldiers, who were brave enough to wage the real war within.
* 1 Corinthians 2:14 and Mosiah 3:19
** Thessalonians 3-5, Paul gives instruction on spiritual growth, love, chastity, diligence, and the second coming of Jesus Christ — 3 Nephi 24, Christ will sit in judgment at His second coming and return unto the righteous