These words of Isaiah's never made so much sense to me before this year. In fact, his more complete sentiment is a stinging portrayal of current events:
September 2015's Ensign carries a talk by Elder Russell M. Ballard that is urgently titled The Lord Needs You Now! in which he gives invaluable counsel to those wanting to stand up and be counted faithful to God and His kingdom. First, he acknowledges that Satan "wants you to stand on the sidelines in today's important and crucial battles." He realizes that many do this because they are "afraid to be labeled as a bigot and as being intolerant."
"Don't worry about those in the spacious building who ridicule or misjudge you" are his words of encouragement. What is really difficult to witness is the prevalence of those who profess to be on the Lord's side who are also criticizing and ridiculing individuals who are doing exactly what the Brethren have asked us to do. In a 2014 statement issue by the Church we were told "God expects us to uphold and keep His commandments regardless of divergent opinions or trends in society." For many of us the "keep" part of this statemtent is easy. But the "uphold" part is a weighty responsibility that will be harder and harder to shoulder.
Are WE pointing the finger and mocking individuals who are actually shouldering this responsibility? Have WE joined in the predation of those who will not depart from evil? Or do we support them and their efforts?
What say ye?