Sunday, March 7, 2010

Hope & Family

In Iraq today they are having their elections. Despite the violence and destruction, the people seem determined to move forward to secure their freedom and liberty.
I have to admit that I admire them. But more than that, I have confidence that they will succeed. Why am I so confident? Look at this section from the Constitution of Iraq:
Article 29:
First:

  • A. The family is the foundation of society; the State shall preserve it and its religious, moral, and national values.

  • B. The State shall guarantee the protection of motherhood, childhood and old age, shall care for children and youth, and shall provide them with the appropriate conditions to develop their talents and abilities.
Second: Children have the right to upbringing, care and education from their parents. Parents have the right to respect and care from their children, especially in times of need, disability, and old age.
Third: Economic exploitation of children in all of its forms shall be prohibited, and the State shall take the necessary measures for their protection.
Fourth: All forms of violence and abuse in the family, school, and society shall be prohibited.
Now compare it with this statement made by a modern prophet:
We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children…
Husband and Wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalms 127:3 [Ps. 127:3]). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations…
The Family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities…
We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.
I’m not willing to say that the Constitution of Iraq deliberately adopted the message from the Proclamation to the World. [Of course I’d like to think that they did!]. But whether or not they consciously chose to follow the prophet, I believe that if they adhere to this section of their Constitution they will be blessed in some ways that will make the rest of the world, including us, envy them.
So, in the end, is there any hope for Iraq? You bet there is!