Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Better to be slaves to the Nephites

For behold, we are in bondage to the Lamanites, and are taxed with a tax which is grievous to be borne. And now, behold, our brethren will deliver us out of our bondage, or out of the hands of the Lamanites, and we will be their slaves; for it is better that we be slaves to the Nephites than to pay tribute to the king of the Lamanites. (Mosiah 7:15)

It looks like Limhi has an attitude of learned helplessness because of the three previous attempts to free themselves from Lamanite domination by battle.  Yet this changes as Gideon suggests the people escape by night rather than fight their way out.

We also see here that Limhi understands it is preferable to serve those politically and socially friendly and aligned with your values than it is to serve those who are hostile. 

We might also apply this to our lives and say it is better to be a slave of Christ and serve in the church than it is to be a slave to Satan, sin, and the world.  The religious are often called deluded sheep and slaves by those who only see all the work and time we put into our church duties and meetings. They don’t see or feel the great blessings that come, however, so to them it looks like all give and no reward. 

I for one do feel that it is better to be a slave of Christ and the church than to be a tributary to the world.  How about you?


Rozy Lass said...

Yes! Better to serve Christ, whose law is all about liberty, than Satan who is all about bondage.