Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
When thinking about the bailouts and the current trend toward socialism, consider President McKay's comments: "The fostering of full economic freedom lies at the base of our liberties. Only in perpetuating economic freedom can our social, political, and religious liberties be preserved." (Treasures of Life, pp. 501-502)
Monday, February 16, 2009
"I want to again remind you of your responsibility to preserve the righteousness of America. I have reviewed 4,000 years of history, declaring this to be a land of promise, chosen of the Lord for his special purposes. Now we must deal with America’s future. The land must continue to remain strong and great and good. It is destined to be the major supplier of human and financial resources, to build the kingdom of God here in the whole world, and to prepare the world for the return of the Lord and Savior. The adversary knows all too well that a weak America will literally stop this building process and thwart the work of God.
"I want to issue you a challenge. I want you who are the best trained, the best educated, who have been given these great advantages here in America to literally become the conscience of America and the molders of its destiny and future. With your knowledge, your training, your understanding of how God works in the hearts of his children here on earth, let us obligate ourselves to temperance, to frugality, and to industry. Let us show justice, kindness, and charity toward our fellowmen. Let us demonstrate the love and reverence we should exhibit toward our Almighty God. Let us not trifle with the things that are holy to God.
"This is the time for you to be bold enough to stand up for what you believe, to let the world know that God still blesses this great land of America—if we will live righteously, according to that which he has commanded."
-L. Tom Perry, “God’s Hand in the Founding of America,” New Era, Jul 1976, 45
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
President Benson: "I believe that no people can maintain freedom unless their political institutions are founded upon faith in God and the existence of moral law."
Stimulus Plan: Prohibits use of funds to modernization, renovation, or repair facilities "used for sectarian instruction, religious worship, or a school or department of divinity." In other words, if a school building has a bible study group or is rented by a church on weekends, no money.
President Benson: "I consider it a violation of the Constitution for the federal government to levy taxes for the support of state or local government...nor can the citizens exercise their rights of self-government under such conditions."
Stimulus Plan: $79 billion for State Fiscal Stabilization Fund to support state governments.
1 Samuel 8 states the reason the (wicked, at that time) Israelites wanted a king: "...We will have a king over us; that we also may be like all the nations..." The lesson to learn here: being "like all the nations" doesn't make an idea right. When that is given as a reason to support some agenda, remember our standard should be what does God support, not what does Europe support.
I have always wondered why the Nephites and Jaredites, both of whom were generally righteous at the time, asked for kings. The scriptures don't say. Recent events, however, have given me an idea. Could they have wanted security? Someone who would be responsible to make the important defense, industrial, and economic decisions?
More importantly, is the same thing happening to us now? Kings have certainly gone out of style, but there are many, many people who still want to shift responsibility for the important aspects of their lives to the government. There are people who are demanding that the government take responsibility for providing their health care and food, paying for their home, educating their children...
The problem with this is, any time we give up responsibility for something, we are also giving up control over it. Maybe those in control of it will do a good job, just like the early Jaredites and Nephite kings did. But inevitably, just as the brother of Jared warned: "Surely this thing leadeth into captivity."
Yes, this is only my opinion. But in light of the many quotes by modern prophets and apostles warning that benevolent government social problems eventually enslave the people (see previous "welfare programs" post), I don't think my opinion is too much of a stretch. People haven't changed, now they are just demanding an elected-committee-king instead of the traditional kind.
"And it came to pass that king Noah built many elegant and spacious buildings; and he ornamented them with fine work of wood, and all manner of precious things, of gold, and silver and of iron, and of brass, and of ziff, and off copper;" (Mosiah 11:8)
Compare that to some of the details of the stimulus plan that Congress is currently working on:
$150 million for the Smithsonian
$34 million to renovate the Department of Commerce headquarters
$500 million for improvement projects for National Institutes of Health facilities
$44 million for the Department of Agriculture headquarters
$88 million to help move the Public Health Service into a new building
$448 million for constructing a new Homeland Security Department headquarters
$1 billion for the Census Bureau
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
"The practice of coveting and receiving unearned benefits has now become so fixed in our society that even men of great wealth, and possessing the means to produce more wealth, are expecting the government to guarantee them a profit. Elections often turn on what the candidates promise to do for voters from government funds. This practice, if universally accepted and implemented in any society, will make slaves of its citizen."
"In Mine Own Way," Ensign, Nov. 1976, p.123