The other day in HP group meeting, we were reading about Alma speaking to the people of Gideon. (Alma 7) After how poorly some of his other visits had gone, he was quite pleased by the people of Gideon. We got to verse 19 and a line jumped out at me which I had never really noticed before. I asked the brother next to me (In my best whisper) what he thought it meant. He shrugged his shoulders and said that he always wondered about that verse. I was a bit disappointed because this brother is one of the smartest guys I know.
Before I dissect it, here is the passage, I highlighted the phrase that I find interesting.
For I perceive that ye are in the paths of righteousness; I perceive that ye are in the path which leads to the kingdom of God; yea, I perceive that ye are making his paths straight.
I perceive that it has been made known unto you, by the testimony of his word, that he cannot walk in crooked paths; neither doth he vary from that which he hath said; neither hath he a shadow of turning from the right to the left, or from that which is right to that which is wrong; therefore, his course is one eternal round.
Now, I consider myself a capable guy, but I would not presume to go around making paths for God. Especially after Alma points out that God cannot walk in crooked paths. Not sure that I am up for that task. An Eagle Project, maybe? Besides, I always figured that God makes His own paths, and it is up to me to follow them. So why is Alma commending the church members in Gideon for making God's paths straight?
So I tucked this question back into a corner of my brain and went on with life.
A few days ago I found the answer on blogs. No just one, but hundreds. The idea of making God's path straight makes a lot more sense if you look at how many people out there are trying their hardest to make God's paths crooked. Did I lose you?
Most LDS blogs have an agenda. Many are wonderfully supportive of the Church, its leaders, and its teachings. Many of them appear to be pro-LDS - supportive of the church, the doctrine and the leaders. But you don't have to dig very deep to see that many of the articles and comments are pushing an agenda that attempts to redefine God's path.
I have seen posts about core gospel principles that morphed into accusations about how "out-of-touch" the brethren are. I have seen comments on the purest doctrines become angry rants about homosexuality, feminism, environmentalism. immigration, etc. Often I see the writers of these posts and comments encouraging people to veer a little off the path that God has defined. Some call for open rebellion.
Perhaps we all have a role in trying to keep God's paths straight - In our callings in the church, in our posts and comments, and in the way we live our very lives. Every minute of every day we are testifying if we believe God's paths are straight, and if we are willing to follow them. As church members and leaders we have a responsibility to illuminate that path for others, and put up guard rails. markers, reflectors, and warning signs to reinforce HIs paths. (Keepers of the Path?)
Meanwhile the world will go on trying to redefine what God's paths should look like. And the world will be wrong.
Our task to to keep His paths straight.