Once upon a time, many, many years ago, there was a man who desired to be King. There were also many who desired to have a strong and powerful man be their King and to provide for them and protect them against their enemies. The man who would be King was skillful at flattery and led away many of the good people of the land from basic truths and religions of which their fathers had believed. Many judges of the land were also swayed to support the one who would be King, in exchange for powerful positions of authority and control. "Thus we see how quick the children of men do forget their Lord their God, yea, how quick to do iniquity, and to be led away by the evil one."
In time, the one who would be King caused a great yearning among the people for change, and through his cunning devices and the use of many flattering words, the one who would be King obtained great power and control over the people who supported his rise to power. But instead of protecting the rights and freedoms of those who supported him, he began to lobby his own agenda, in spite of the wishes of the majority of the people. There were protests from many of his former supporters, but they were deemed "disenters" and done away with. Yea, we see that just one man can destroy the lives and freedoms of an entire nation ... the very foundation of liberty which God had granted to them, so long as their nation remained righteous.
And there was a man in the land who yearned for a return of the precious freedoms he saw being taken from the citizens of his country by the one who would be King and his unrighteous judges and politicians. In search of a better country, he took flight to a land far away. It was a beautiful land. A land rich with natural resources and friendly occupants who welcomed him and made him feel at home. Our man traveled the countryside, hoping to find that which was missing from his heart in hopes to bring his family to this land of promise. He sent word to his anxious family that he had indeed found a land rich with beauty and promise and was traveling the country looking for opportunity and industry to export.
However, as time went by, our man in the land began to hear familiar dissention from the beautiful land's inhabitants. There were men living in this beautiful land, who were becoming more and more like the one who would be King, back in his own country, talking of more government control over the rights of the people, taking land for the government to distribute to the people, and government control of the media, etc. In moments of solitude, our man in the land began to yearn to be back home, to fight the good fight on his own soil, and help turn the tide against the government control of his own free choices.
Our man in the land returned home, more determined than ever to fight for the rights of the people, to protect his own God given rights, and those established by the founding fathers of this nation. He "rent his coat" or in other words, "cranked up his blog" and wrote upon it ... "in memory of our God, our religion, and freedom,and our peace, and our wives, and our children" ... and he posted it on his blog for all to see.
A "Title of Liberty" was set as his standard ... as he called upon all inhabitants of the land to gird up their armor, put on their breastplate and shield (aka: courage and conviction) and bow themselves to their Creator, for the blessings of liberty to rest upon their heads so long as there remained a band of believers to posses the land.
"Behold, whosoever will maintain this title upon the land, let them come forth in the strength of the Lord, and enter into a covenant that they will maintain their rights, and their religion, that the Lord God may bless them."(Alma 46:20)
And it came to pass, that when our man in the land posted these things, the people responded with a cry of "count me in," and they mounted their own blogs and began to write ....."in memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, and our wives, and our children." I join this cause of freedom and pledge to sound the war cry for all concerned citizens of the land to band together for the purpose of encouraging righteous government for the people and of the people, and for the preservation of our life, liberty and precious freedoms. And that they did ... didn't they?
**The inspiration for this impromptu literary exercise came from a blog posting by a friend of mine at http://bigavetv.blogspot.com (somewhere out there) ... travelings of a very disturbed middle aged man :>) I also took license to include scripture from the Book of Mormon, which tells of a leader named Moroni who etched the Title of Liberty as a lesson for the inhabitants of our time, written prior to Christs birth, and anticipating the very challenges we are facing in our society today. Whatever your personal beliefs are, or your political views, I hope this call for a Title of Liberty standard in our own time, will ring loud and true, and strike a chord in the hearts of all who read, so that they too will make the resolve to come out of hiding and make their voice heard. Let us join our differences for the common goal of supporting those who echo the cause of freedom.