There is no question in my mind that this nation was established under the guiding hand of the Lord. He makes that clear with these words:
“And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose…” (D&C 101:80).
It is also clear that the Founders recognized the Lord’s hand in the miraculous work they had done:
“The man must be bad indeed who can look upon the events of the American Revolution without feeling the warmest gratitude towards the great Author of the Universe whose divine interposition was so frequently manifested in our behalf. And it is my earnest prayer that we may so conduct ourselves as to merit a continuance of those blessings with which we have hitherto been favored” (George Washington, letter to Reverend Samuel Langdon of New Hampshire, New York, September 28, 1789; Fitzpatrick 30:416).
And so the Founders stood together against great odds “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence” (Declaration of Independence).
We face great odds today. America has been undergoing a Progressive transformation for a hundred years. Today, the Constitution is hanging by a thread. America has a choice to make. But is that choice limited to voting for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? I don’t think so.
If America could not have risen without the superintending hand of God, is it possible that she can be saved from falling in the absence of the aid of that same God? I think not.
And if the Founders stepped into a very dangerous unknown “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,” should not we, who are their heirs, be willing to do likewise? And if we are unwilling to do so, how can we expect to receive “the protection of Divine Providence”?
I propose that we consider the admonitions of the Lord, and that we put our trust in Him:
“and thus doth the Lord work with his power in all cases among the children of men, extending the arm of mercy towards them that put their trust in him” (Mosiah 29:20).
King Mosiah, a prophet of God and a Washington-like figure to his people, sought to persuade his people to give up the monarchical form of government they had and to establish a representative form of government
“… that ye may be judged according to the laws which have been given you by our fathers, which are correct, and which were given them by the hand of the Lord” (Mosiah 29:25).
Like the Nephites, we have a law which is correct and which was given us by the hand of the Lord:
“And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.
Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land;
And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil.
I, the Lord God, make you free, therefore ye are free indeed; and the law also maketh you free.
Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn.
Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil” (D&C 98:5-10).
We in America have had neither a president nor more than a handful of members of Congress for generations who were truly committed to governing “according to the laws which have been given [us] by our fathers, which are correct, and which were given them by the hand of the Lord.” Consequently, we have been drifting further and further from correct principles for a very long time. We are many trillions of dollars in debt; record numbers of our citizens are unemployed; racial strife is being cynically and purposely fomented; our cities are bloody battle grounds; our educational system has been badly compromised; political leaders are expected to lie and are passing sweeping, complex laws they have never read; judges, in too many cases, are activists, legislating from the bench; government, especially at the national level, is reaching far beyond the powers and authority granted to it by the Constitution; morality, decency, and common sense are being redefined. Freedom is under assault; religious liberty is under assault; the family is under assault.
“When the wicked rule the people mourn.”
I don’t think that either of the major party candidates are honest, or wise, or good. Neither of them will protect and defend the Constitution, their solemn oath to do so notwithstanding; neither will lead America on a path to national healing.
I decided two years ago that I would never again vote for anyone who is not a friend of “that law which is the constitutional law of the land.” I will vote in his election, but I will not vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Instead, I intend to put my trust in God, to vote as best I can according to the admonitions of the Lord, and to seek out and uphold someone who I believe is honest, wise, and good. And I will do so “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.”