In a land of liberty, how do we defend threats against it? What role do the common folk like you and me play? What does the Lord expect of us?
Surely the best defense is a strong defense. George Washington understood this and so did Captain Moroni. The President advocated maintenance of a standing military and the Captain had his men build walls and watchtowers around their cities, and headplates and breastplates around their bodies.
When the Captain rallied the Nephite nation to defend their freedoms, however, he didn't encourage them to build more walls or produce more weapons. He inspired them with a call to righteousness- the Title of Liberty.
The people responded to the Title of Liberty not with money, militaries, or might, but with righteousness- and they came “running:”
“And it came to pass that when Moroni had proclaimed these words, behold, the people came running... as a covenant, that they would not forsake the Lord their God; or, in other words, if they should transgress the commandments of God, or fall into transgression, and be ashamed to take upon them the name of Christ, the Lord should rend them even as they had rent their garments... and now behold, let us remember to keep the commandments of God, or our garments shall be rent by our brethren, and we be cast into prison, or be sold, or be slain.” (Alma 46: 21-23)
Our nation is struggling now to defend its liberties against the twin threats of worldwide terrorism and internal moral and social decay. What is our best defense? Let us come running, promising to keep the commandments, or surely we will be rent by our enemies.