Can God Protect us From Nukes?

An In-Depth Examination of the Morality of Preemptive War

Author’s note: The propaganda required to motivate nations to war one against another is full of lies and inspires hate. I hope that as you personally explore our situation that you will seek council from the scriptures and from the Lord directly through the Holy Ghost. The spirit of contention is not from God. As it says in Ecclesiastes, there is a time and a season for war. If we get this right it will help us avoid being stained by the blood and sins of this generation.

This is the fourth article in a series of seven.

Can God Protect us from Nukes?

An In-Depth Examination of the Morality of Preemptive War

  1. The Rationale for Preemptive War
  2. The Fruit of our Actions
  3. Logical Fallacies
  4. Is Doing Nothing a Valid Option?
  5. Modern Weapons, Modern Media & Terrorism
  6. What God has Done
  7. Will God Save Us?

Part 4 – Is Doing Nothing a Valid Option?

In this seven part series, most of the discussion to this point has touched on the morality of acting preemptively as it relates to the definition of an imminent threat. We have also briefly explored the fruit of our actions since 9/11/2001. As Madison pointed out, war enslaves not only one’s enemy, but one’s self also. D&C 121 reminds us that unrighteous dominion is a damning endeavor. D&C 98 clarifies that aggressive war is only justified when the Lord commands. Considering the consequences of taking unjust aggressive action, we must consider the idea that perhaps we should not act.

After reading my article The Virtue of Captain Moroni, one reader commented that if we do not act preemptively, we are like the king men that Moroni verbally eviscerated in his letter to Pahoran. Alma 60:7, 10, 21 “Can you think to sit upon your thrones in a state of thoughtless stupor, while your enemies are spreading the work of death around you?Behold, could ye suppose that ye could sit upon your thrones, and because of the exceeding goodness of God ye could do nothing and he would deliver you? Or do ye suppose that the Lord will still deliver us, while we sit upon our thrones and do not make use of the means which the Lord has provided for us?”

The premise of this argument is that God has given us great capability including much prosperity and technology. Who is to say that he does not intend us to save ourselves by preempting the enemy? It is a fair question to ask. We have previously examined how preemption is not moral unless there is an imminent or certain threat. The mainstream propaganda media would paint a worldview wherein there are only two options. A. Act preemptively to eliminate the perceived threat. Or B. Do nothing and get “nuked.” Although this thought process has effectively propagated throughout society it is incomplete. Since the concept of imminence or certainty of threats is so murky in this day and age, prudence would dictate that we attempt to find a less aggressive and less severe response. Once again we can look to the perfect understanding of Captain Moroni. 

Our day mirrors Captain Moroni’s in many ways. We have a home-grown oligarchy similar to Amalickiah and his followers who have usurped many parts of government and seek to exert total control. Amalickiah was a Zoramite. (Alma 54:23) He was an elite member of the Nephite aristocracy. He was angry because of the regulation that Helaman had made within the church. It had curbed his influence and he and the lower judges of the land sought more power. They were wroth enough to desire to kill the church leadership. Many of the people in the church followed Amalickiah. (Alma 45:21-24, 46:1-9)

This is relevant discussion to us as nation today. We must identify the real threats to our liberty and recognize that many of our peers are taken in by the deception and flattery. In the book of Alma, the war was caused by Amalickiah, a Nephite dissenter. As we discussed in the last article, Logical Fallacies, for all intents and purposes, our actions towards Middle-Eastern nations, especially Iran, are viewed from their perspective as “imminent threats.” These are the actions of our leadership and they are leading us to war.

What did Captain Moroni do when faced with similar threats to his and his countrymen’s liberties? Being a man of perfect understanding, he first sought to influence the hearts and minds of his people. And he prayed mightily to God for help. He published his message throughout the land. Then as necessary, he took deliberate defensive action.

Alma 46:12 And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—and he fastened it upon the end of a pole.

 13 And he fastened on his head-plate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should a band of Christians remain to possess the land—

 14 For thus were all the true believers of Christ, who belonged to the church of God, called by those who did not belong to the church.

 15 And those who did belong to the church were faithful; yea, all those who were true believers in Christ took upon them, gladly, the name of Christ, or Christians as they were called, because of their belief in Christ who should come.

 16 And therefore, at this time, Moroni prayed that the cause of the Christians, and the freedom of the land might be favored.

Moroni sought the Lord’s help. Moroni won the hearts of his people by proclaiming truth. In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children. Moroni won the information war. Once it became clear that Amalickiah was intent on fleeing to the land of Nephi with as many of the Nephite armies as would follow, then Moroni exerted his rightful dominion. Having been given control of the Nephite armies by the voice of the people, he headed the armies that were defecting with Amalickiah and enforced their loyalty. They were derelict in the duties they had previously accepted. Only a few were put to death for their refusal to covenant for freedom. (Alma 46:32-34)

Moroni 46:36 And it came to pass also, that he caused the title of liberty to be hoisted upon every tower which was in all the land, which was possessed by the Nephites; and thus Moroni planted the standard of liberty among the Nephites.

37 And they began to have peace again in the land;

This is not all. Captain Moroni then fortified the defense of the Nephites. Notice how the record mentions that he first prepares the peoples’ minds to be faithful to God. This is critical. We are missing this key element of defense in our society today.

Alma 48:Now it came to pass that while Amalickiah had thus been obtaining power by fraud and deceit, Moroni, on the other hand, had been preparing the minds of the people to be faithful unto the Lord their God.

 Yea, he had been strengthening the armies of the Nephites, and erecting small forts, or places of resort; throwing up banks of earth round about to enclose his armies, and also building walls of stone to encircle them about, round about their cities and the borders of their lands; yea, all round about the land.

 And in their weakest fortifications he did place the greater number of men; and thus he did fortify and strengthen the land which was possessed by the Nephites.

 10 And thus he was preparing to support their liberty, their lands, their wives, and their children, and their peace, and that they might live unto the Lord their God, and that they might maintain that which was called by their enemies the cause of Christians.

In summary, I wholeheartedly agree with Captain Moroni when he says that we should not “sit on our thrones” and wait upon God to do something. We should do all that we can do. This is why I am writing. This is why I would risk the scorn of family and friends by warning of the dangers of preemptive war.  In light of the logical evidence and time honored rational that I have presented in the previous articles, I would ask where is the imminent threat of war? Which nation state demonstrates (clearly not arguably) ability, opportunity and jeopardy? Which nation state has invaded and occupied others? Are there enemies in our land spreading death around us? Are our liberties under attack? Who seeks the power over us? From whom do we need deliverance? Against whom should we raise the Title of Liberty? We must prayerfully seek the perfect understanding of Captain Moroni. Then we must raise the Title of Liberty and win the war of ideas. We must fortify our defenses in our own land.

The war is coming. Unfortunately we may not be able to purge our government of the king-men before it is upon us.

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