Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Title of Liberty

It was a perilous time. War and dissension was all around the land and the people were in danger of falling into the hands of their enimies and into bondage. Yet many wanted to remain free.

Their leader, being a righteous man, was angry with the leader of those that wished to subject the people to bondage and force them to make him their king and the flattering and cunning words he used to accomplish his designs. He, being so angered, made for his people an ensign, or banner, to look toward as a reminder of the covenant they had made with the Lord to maintain their rights, and their religion, that the Lord God may bless them.

Upon this banner, the leader wrote these words:
"In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, ourwives, and our children"1

And he called it The Title of Liberty. Whenever the people would travel from city to city they would look for this banner flying from the rooftops and high places to indicate whether or not the city had fallen into the hands of the enemy or remained faithful, thus remaining a free people, being blessed by the Lord.

Almost 2,000 years later, war was again upon the land with the people fighting to break free, yet again, from the bondage of those that demanded to be their king. The people's good and righteous leader had once again had an ensign, or banner, fashioned for the people to look to as a reminder of thosse freedoms they did not want to lose. They had yet again raised a Title of Liberty.

Yet this night, the battle was extremely perilous and those  who from a distance were watching the rockets'  and bombs bursting over the fortified city could not know which army would prevail and become victorious.They had seen the smaller battle flag displayed in the red glare throughout parts of the night, but now all was silent. Only when the mornng came and the sun revealed the colors of the banner flying in the breeze above the fort would they know if they were to remain in bondage or be allowed their desired freedom.

And so they waited and watched, paying that with the dawn's early light they would see the colors of their banner, that the morning's first beam would disclose, in full glory, their Title of Liberty.

And so it was.

And so it yet shall be if we, now almost 290 years later do not forget "that God that made and preserved us a nation."

War is still upon land and there are still those that wish to lead us into bondage by subjecting us to their will. We still have this ensign, this banner, this Title Of Liberty, to remind us of "our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children." 

If we will lways remember Him then "the star spangled banner in triumph shall wave o'er t land of the free and the home of the brave!"

(I have searched for about an hour for a good video with all the verses and not just the first but am having a hard time finding a good quality one. I ran across this in my search and decided to use it instead. I was a little disappointed that he didn't know there were more than 2 verses though.)


1. Alma 46: 12, The Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ
2.The Star Spangled Banner, Francs Scott Key

Indeed. add to kirtsy

1 comment:

Dad Mom said...

I like it, and think it was awesome that he could sing that acapella (sp). Still brings tears. Dad