In the Book of Mormon, Nephi and his brothers are asked by their father Lehi to return to Jerusalem to get some things they needed for their journey in the wilderness. In the process they meet a man named Zoram. He was about to run away from them and to tell everyone about them. But they asked him to join their group in the wilderness. Here is what it says he did: “And it came to pass that aZoram did take courage at the words which I (Nephi) spake. Now Zoram was the name of the servant; and he promised that he would go down into the wilderness unto our father. Yea, and he also made an oath unto us that he would tarry with us from that time forth.” [1 Nephi, 4:35] (I left a lot out of the story, but you get the general idea.)
Once Zoram made an Oath with them, then the fears of Nephi and his brothers did cease concerning him. Wow… How may times in current society have we been able to make an oath with someone and then have no fears concerning them.
One place that I think people are breaking oaths are the oaths that we make when we get married. It does not matter what religion you may belong to. When you take an oath to be married, you make an oath to stay together as a couple and to protect and serve each other. And if you bring a child into that marriage, you oath is then extended to that child as well. You have made a promise and an oath, and I think a lot of people take that promise and oath to lightly.
If you don’t agree with me, take a look at the news. How many celebrities/athletes/politicians are getting divorced on a regular basis. I bring them out because they are considered role models.
One area in particular that has me upset is that of politicians that can’t keep the Oath that they have made with their spouses (President Clinton, Senator Edwards, Senator Stevens, Representative Weiner, Governor Schwarzenegger). And the list goes on. These are just the few that have come to national attention. There are probably a lot more that are being hidden like Governor Schwarzenegger, or Senator Edwards did for so long.
How as Americans can we trust the politicians that are swearing an oath to the Constitution of the United States and to its people who can’t keep the oath and promise they made when they married? This is one of the main reasons I feel we need to only vote for people who have the same moral standing as we do. If they feel that the promise and oath they made to their spouse is so easily broken, then we should not be surprised when they break the oath they made when they were sworn into political office.
There is going to be a lot of political movements in the next year. We are ramping up for a Presidential election. We need to not only look at what they are saying, but how they are acting. Do you think they will keep their marriage oath? If you doubt that, then how can you expect them to keep their oath of office?
Just something to think about…..
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.