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RECEIVING HEAVEN'S APPLAUSE
This article was written by Ezra Taft Benson, over 49 years ago, (9/23/63). Every word of this article applies today.
"There are some who hesitate to get into this fight for freedom because it's controversial, or they're not sure if we're going to win. These people have two blind spots.
"First, they fail to realize that life's decisions should be based on principles - not on Gallup polls. There were men at Valley Forge who weren't sure how the Revolution would end, but they were in a much better position to save their own souls and their country than those timid men whose major concern was deciding which side was going to win, or how to avoid controversy.
"There are people tonight all over the world who in their own courageous and sometimes quiet ways are working for freedom. In many cases, we will never know until the next life all they sacrificed for liberty. These patriots are receiving heaven's applause for the role they are playing, and in the long run, that applause will be longer and louder than any they could receive in this world.
"This leads me to the second blind spot of those who hesitate to get into this fight. And that is their failure to realize that we will win in the long run, and for keeps, and that they pass up great blessings by not getting into the battle now when the odds are against us and the rewards are greatest.
"The only questions, before the final victory, are, first, "What stand will each of us take in this struggle?” and second, "How much tragedy can be avoided by doing something now?" Time is on the side of truth - and truth is eternal. Those who are fighting against freedom may feel confident now, but they are short-sighted.
"This is still God's world. The forces of evil, working through some mortals, have made a mess of a good part of it, but, it is still God's world. In due time, when each of us has had a chance to prove ourselves - including whether or not we are going to stand up for freedom - then God will interject Himself and the final and eternal victory shall be for free agency. And then shall those people on the sidelines, and those who took the wrong but temporarily popular course, lament their decision.
"To the patriots, I say this: Take that long eternal look. Stand up for your freedom, no matter what the cost. It can save your soul - and maybe your country."